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“Yet another Excellent Review”
Review of Mokomandy

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Ranked #2 of 247 Restaurants in Sterling
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Korean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Algonkian Parkway
Transit: Great Falls Plaza - Loudoun County Commuter Bus
Description: Modern. Korean. Cajun.
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Yet another Excellent Review”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

If you are anywhere close to this place, just go. Expensive and worth every penny.

This was our second visit. Wrath Chardonnay was our wine of choice.

We had 3 of their small plate starters. Mixed Fries, Jalapeno Hush-Puppies and Korean Cucumber Salad. All awesome, but the hush-puppies got better later.

For our main we had the Kobe Carpaccio and the Medium Modern Korean Scallops. The carpaccio just melts in your mouth. Topped with a semi-sweet glaze and a few pink peppercorns, it is a VERY nice dish.

The scallops....where to start....They are first off, cooked perfectly. They are topped with an herb-orange foam and they sit on top of a very lightly fried slice of sweet potato that is then glazed with a sesame/honey mix. Under the sweet potatoes is this HEAVENLY mayo and pea puree. This combination is maybe the best single bite of food I have ever had. I am now making these at home for special meals. And I said the hush-puppies got better? Take them, and dip into the mayo from the scallops and you have yet another perfect little bite!

The combo of the three starters plus the small and medium main is likely not enough if you are very hungry but fit us fine that evening.

With tip, this put us a little over $110. Like I said expensive, but I would do it all over again tomorrow. Reservations are MUST. Don't bother trying to show up and get seated. MAYBE at the bar, but you are better off getting a res.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank jimmyray_19
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English first
Reston, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
352 reviews
300 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Exotic... in a great way”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

The fusion of cajun and Korean is truly unique. You won't find this blend anywhere else in the DC area, that is for sure. Even their specialty cocktails are a treat. Don't be fooled by the shopping center facade, the restaurant is energetic, modern and sleek. They offer many smaller tapas style dishes so it is a great place to share with friends or family. The one piece of advice is that you have to be adventerous with some of their dishes as they can be quite innovative and novel. The one down side (or is it a good side) is that the location is basically in great falls which is a nightmare to get to on a weeknight bc of the commuters that live in Loudon County.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank LessWork M
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Reston, Virginia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unexpected location for fine dining”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The food is unique and creative. The Foie Gras Dumplings are a must try! We also enjoyed the Boudin Balls. There were several things on the menu that we want to try on a future visit. Reservations are necessary, they're only open in the evenings and were very busy the night we went.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Heather F
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Leesburg, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Well worth it”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

The food here is both eclectic and creative. The menu is concise yet offers a wealth of variation. Their "speciality" drinks offer local distillates and are as creative as the food.

Mokomandy is truly non-pretentious and is fit for a family - including very small children. Off the top of my head I can think of no other restaurant of this calibre that offers a true children menu.

Unfortunately, for all sunshine a little rain must fall. In this case it was raining coffee. The French Pressed coffee was literally putrid. I think something just went wrong in the process and I doubt strongly this is status quo. Such a sad ending to an otherwise phenomenal experience.

I shall return.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank emccaleb
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Sterling, Virginia
2 reviews
“Lucky to live around the corner from this place...”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Lucky to live right around the corner from this restaurant. This has become our favorite date night place to go. Everything on the menu is delicious and love the fusion of flavors from asian and southern cuisines.

Visited November 2012
Thank kdvoigt
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