There is no “right” time to enjoy your favorite international cuisines. In fact, more and more global cuisines are getting in on the brunch scene in D.C., and we’re on a mission to try all of them! After a thorough investigation, these are our top recommendations for brunching around the world.
We love Chinese food. We love Korean food. And it turns out we love the tastes of the two fused together at any time of the day. Chiko Dupont’s brunch is an Asian morning meal that’s pretty hard to top. Come in for fully loaded rice bowls and stay for exotic gin and tonics.
Chiko, 2029 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
A luxurious Asian brunch experience is known for its handmade dumplings and dim sum. Perfect for a family brunch or classy date, The source has interesting flavors and you’re sure to be taken care of. All the dishes are gorgeously plated and trace back to familiar Chinese flavors that are elevated and reinvigorated.
The Source, 575 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20565
A trip to the tropical Havana Cuba is an experience that’s possible year-round at Little Havana. Cuban flavors and fun, fresh brunch vibes are up for grabs. Excellent, classic Cuban ham sandwiches and some American staples, like French toast, await.
Little Havana, 3704 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Northern Indian cuisine is difficult to come by in many cities, including D.C. Pappe serves fun brunch platters with a little bit of everything: small tin ramekins of rice, curry, meats, vegetables, etc. Their cocktail menu dabbled with flavors of cardamom and tamarind to make for a truly immersive meal. It’s a perfect place to share bites and explore different flavors.
Pappe, 1317 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
The restaurants associated with Rasika have been killing the brunch game in D.C. for almost a decade. Rasika’s refined Indian fare has a special touch that makes the establishment consistent for fine dining, and thus an excellent place to visit for weekend brunch. It’s our go-to spot when friends and family are in town.
Rasika, 1190 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
The cuisine of Burma can be found at one place and one place only: Thamee on H Street. The brunch is the best way to get a gist of the Nation’s cuisine through its morning and afternoon delights. Plug for the egg sandwich on charcoal bread– it’s like a soft, potato bun married a brioche roll and took a bath in black holy water.
Thamee, 1320 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
We are incredibly fortunate to have access to the world’s cuisines District. Lapis offers Afghani cuisine, which is some of the most vibrant flavors we have ever enjoyed. Zingy yogurts, fluffy pitas, and spiced vegetables are the flavors of Afghanistan and the Lapis menu highlights kebabs, traditional platters, dumplings, the most perfectly seasoned meatballs and more.
Lapis, 1847 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Dim sum is never a dull brunch experience. It’s even more fun at a place like Tiger Fork, where the contemporary design–and location in the coolest alleyway in the city– is energetic but still authentic. With congee carts that weave in between tables, milk bread sandwiches, and fried finger foods, Tiger Fork’s name of the game is Hong Kong-style street food and it’s one of our favorites time after time.
Tiger Fork, 922 Blagden Alley, Washington, D.C. 20001
D.C. residents go crazy for Ethiopian food. There are varying levels of fanciness to choose from when picking an Ethiopian spot, but the perfectly casual Keren in Adams Morgan takes the cake for best in the city. They offer the traditional large plates with Injera, but also have hearty egg options and zingy Ethiopian roasts of coffee.
Keren, 1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009