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Little Serow is still one of the hottest restaurants in DC, from Komi chef/owner Johnny Monis and partner Anne Marler. For those hoping to get a Komi experience for less dough, just note that the two restaurants are as different as famous twins Laverne Cox and M Lamar. So arm yourself with some information, and you’ll have a very pleasant meal.

  • “Serow” rhymes with “sparrow,” according to the website.
  • There is no phone number.
  • They don’t take reservations but will text you when your table is ready.
  • If you can’t handle hot peppers, think twice.  Thai food is hot.
  • They like to blast Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx, Depeche Mode and Peter, Bjorn and John.
  • Nibble on fresh greens and sticky rice with dinner.
  • Everything comes family-style, but you may not want to share.
  • The green curry shrimp are bigger than your head.
  • Don’t expect coconut milk on everything. This is Northern Thai.

  • Unless you need the rice as a neutralizer, don’t fill up. There’s a lot of food.
  • The catfish doesn’t look or taste like catfish, and I like that just fine.
  • The crispy nam tok tow hu tofu with soft peanuts will blow your mind.
  • There is a healthy use of lime juice.
  • You’ll daydream about eating your way out of a bowl of smoky duck ped grapao.
  • The whiskey ribs fall right off the bone, because they are divine and not of this world.
  • The Tiffany blue walls are not adorned. They don’t have to be.
  • There is soft candlelight.  Bring a date.
  • Don’t take photos, and certainly don’t take elaborate videos with your selfie light.
  • The 7-course tasting menu is $54 per person.
  • There are no substitutions, so don’t ask.

Little Serow
1511 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Feature photo courtesy of Little Serow.