This place originally took place on Sunday, May 30, 2010.

We decided to try one of the three Middle Eastern restaurants on the block. They were literally sitting next to each other, all in a row. Drawn in the idea of a cheap buffet ($11) and available seating, we walked into Rajaji’s.

They had a couple of the most common curries, rice, and salad. On my plate is some saag panir, chicken makhani, channa masala, daal masala, lamb biryani, and cabbage/potatoes bhaji.

The chicken makhani was really good. It was creamy, and the chicken (unlike most other curries) was tender.

Rajaji - Buffet

Buffet

A couple of minutes in, the waitstaff gave us a basket of fresh, piping hot naan.

Rajaji - Naan

Mmmm... Naan.

What’s a great lunch without some dessert? We decided to try out the mango khufi. A little icy in some spots, but great mango flavour.

Rajaji - Mango Kulfi

It was helpfully partitioned as well.

After our meal, we headed over to Old Town Alexandria, VA. It’s a great little town with some nostalgic shops.

Check out this free trolley that goes down King Street.

Alexandria - King Trolley

Complete with wooden benches.

We got off the trolley around halfway through the route and started walking along King Street. We happened up Candi’s Candies near the Alexandria Vistor’s Center.

Candi

CANDY STORE!

They had lots of bulk candy, old fashioned candy, and a great selection of salt water taffy.

Some of the candy I picked up includes these violet mints.

Candi's Candies - Violet Mints

I wonder if it tastes like flower?

Also chose some of the more unique flavours of taffy, including passion fruit.

Candi

The stash!

After trying a couple of the taffys though, I realize most of them tasted remarkably similar and probably wouldn’t be able to recognize the flavour in a blind taste test.

Further along King Street, we ran into the bustling Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop. In the back you can see where the make the ice cream.

I tried out their Cocoa Cream gelato. It was really smooth, and had the nice addition of hazelnut pieces.

Pop

Smoooooth.

While waiting to board a ferry that would bring us back to Georgetown (versus walking all the way back and taking a long, boring Metro ride), I walked around the Alexandria port and played with my telephoto lens for the first time.

Alexandria - Macaw

Hawk eyes.

Alexandria - Macaw

"Suuuup?"

Different monuments were pointed out to us along the river, since it was technically a “Monuments” ferry. C. and I just had a small competition to take photos of things like boats and silhouettes.

Alexandria to Georgetown - Sailboat

They're on a boat.

Alexandria to Georgetown - Potomac Marine Tugboat

Tugboat.

After getting a bit lost in Georgetown, we eventually made it back to the hotel. Fortunately, Robert’s was still accepting orders.

A. started off with a chilled raspberry and strawberry soup. It was like a fruit puree with a slight hint of mint and ginger.

Robert

Soup of the Day

C. had some stellar cocoa and coffee filet mignon. The only problem was… I couldn’t taste the coffee or cocoa.

Robert

Filet Mignon

A. had the fennel pollen encrusted arctic char. Not sure what good the fennel did for the fish, but the char was pretty good. It’s apparently closely related to salmon.

Robert

Rawr... Low Lighting...

I had an amaaaaaaazing rack of lamb. It was tender, there was barely a hint of musk, so goooood. And perfectly rare.

Robert

Rack of Lamb with Mint Risotto and Brocollini

Y. had the mushroom fettuccine I managed to snap a photo of at the last minute. It was kind of meh. Not bad, but not great either.

Robert

Mushroom Fettuccine

A great meal for our last night in DC.

ADDRESSES

Rajaji
2603 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 265-7344

Candi’s Candies
107 N Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 518-1718

Pop’s Old Fashion Ice Cream Company
109 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 518-5374

Robert’s Restaurant
2500 Calvert Street NW (inside Omni Shoreham Hotel)
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 756-5300

 

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