The chicest of urban-chic Thai places, Rice takes minimalism to the max. The expanse of its cool and neutral-toned walls contrasted with exposed brick is interrupted only by a small fountain; its coconut-milk-scented rice arrives artistically mounded in the center of the plate. Appetizers and entrées are divided into categories of authentic Thai food, healthy options and house specialties; stick with the latter two for originality and assurance of execution. Vegetarians have plenty of choice here. There’s no reason not to order a saké Martini or other fancy drink from your young, black-clad server.
1608 14th Street, NW
|Cross street:||between Q & Corcoran Streets|
|Opening hours:||11am–2.30pm, 5–10.30pm Mon–Thur; 11am–11pm Fri, Sat; 11am–10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Dupont Circle or U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro|
|Price:||Main courses $14–$18|