More Recent Local Props for Baan Siam, dLeña & Mélange!

Friday July 9, 2021

This week, three Mount Vernon Triangle restaurants earned well-deserved recognition for their delicious food, welcoming atmosphere, and overall great experience!

Already local favorites on MVT’s food scene, Baan Siam and Mélange are now known for being two of the top 38 restaurants across the region thanks to Eater DC! Here’s what the popular food blog had to say about both:

  • Mélange: “Chef Elias Taddesse dresses freshly ground Maryland beef patties with brown butter aioli to make a cheeseburger as fine as any that can be found around the District, but that’s just an entry point to Mélange. Ethiopian spices stored in translucent containers inside the ordering counter in Mt. Vernon Triangle clue customers into more inventive options that mix up Taddesse’s East African heritage, haute cuisine background, and nostalgia for American drive-thrus.”
  • Baan Siam: “At this roomy Thai restaurant in Mt. Vernon Triangle, chef Jeeraporn Poksupthon has a kitchen worthy of her skill and ambition. Poksupthon led large catering kitchens in Thailand before she helped usher a wave of chile-fueled Northern and Northeastern cooking into D.C. at now-closed Baan Thai in Logan Circle. At Baan Siam, she’s playing the hits — creamy, crunchy, and complex khao soi; tapioca skin dumplings with ground chicken, peanuts, and sweet fermented radish; all sorts of spicy-sweet salads — while exploring sour-leaning dishes from her home country’s interior and ultra-hot curries from the South.”

And that’s not all! In the latest issue of K Street Magazine, both dLeña and its underground cocktail bar – dLeña Roja – received the following high praise starting with the article’s opening paragraph:

“At the opening of dLeña (476 K Street) — that sexy, smokey wood fire Mexican cocina and mezcaleria in Mount Vernon Triangle that KSM told you about — we also got a sneak peek of the drinks den down below. Well, now Richard Sandoval’s latest — a lounge — is officially open, and if we thought dLeña was lit… dLeña ROJA is so sensual it’s smoldering.”

Check out both articles in the links above and congratulations to these terrific establishments for earning these fantastic honors!