Chinese restaurants in the District are offering a new twist to the standard fare of curry, with a “spice lounge” in the heart of the city.
The new restaurant is called Spice Room, and it offers a menu of more than 30 dishes with spices such as ginger, garlic, chiles, and turmeric.
It opened at 6:30 a.m.
Owner of Spice Room Andrew Chan said he hopes the restaurant will draw more diners to D.C.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood, where there’s been a surge in the number of Chinese restaurants since Trump took office.
“The Chinatown has been a bit of a hotspot for Chinese food in the past few years, and we’re really excited to see what people will do there,” Chan said.
Chan said the restaurant is a part of an effort to draw more Chinese tourists to the D.S.C., and it’s not limited to the city’s Chinatown.
Chan’s other restaurants in Chinatown include the Shijiazhuang, a place of Chinese cooking; and the Chengdong Chinese, where Chinese-style cooking is served.
There’s also a place called The Mandarin, which serves Chinese dishes and is also owned by Chan.
Chan says he has about 30 customers a day and is trying to attract more Chinese patrons to the restaurant.
“We’re not just here to serve Chinese food, we’re also going to cater to the people in the area,” he said.