Since first opening its doors in April, Queen’s English has caused a splash among DC locals, and it’s easy to see why. Located not far from your apartment in downtown DC, this Columbia Heights restaurant is decked out to the nines, with whimsical-yet-elegant touches, like pink damask wallpaper, marble- and zinc-topped tables, and brushed gilding on the front of the bar. At the same time, the decor is kept solidly practical, with sturdy, midcentury-modern chairs and shelving.
The menu is similarly eclectic, featuring modern Hong Kong cuisine, that Yelp reviewers note is carefully and expertly executed by the kitchen. You might start your meal with an order of naked dumplings stuffed with shrimp, scallops, and flying fish roe, or you might go for coddled eggs with soy-braised enoki mushrooms. If you want the full Queen’s English experience, regulars suggest you order the hot pot, which allows you to choose a range of meats and veggies to simmer in your favorite broth, right at your table.