Breakers Korean Barbecue
Why You Should Go: I went to Breakers once with my husband and it is a beautiful, sleek and modern space that will make you feel like you’re on a very special date. It reminded me of the high scale luxury restaurants I have eaten in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea when meeting up with friends.
Menu items include ribeye, bulgogi, brisket, pork belly. All Korean barbecue come with banchan, or Korean side dishes. Banchan are small plates, like tapas, with fermented vegetables like kimchi, radish, broccoli, sesame kale, and seasoned mashed potatoes.
Dress Code: Formal
Phone: (703) 343-6688
Address: 9650 Main St. Fairfax, VA 22031
Why You Should Go: As close to real, authentic Japanese ramen you can get in the Northern Virginia area. I’m not talking about cup ramen or the stuff you could get from your local sushi place.
Marumen tastes like something you could actually find in Japan, where they make noodles by hand and simmer broth as an art.
Dress Code: Casual
Phone: (703) 352-6278
Address: 3250 Old Pickett Rd. Fairfax, VA 22031
Why You Should Go: Everyone should try hot pot once. This is a place where you pick out your veggies, fish cake, sliced meat and sauces and then cook them on the spot in a hot soup. It’s a mix of Chinese hot pot and Japanese shabu shabu. This place would be great for an adventurous date night or time out with friends. It’s always loud, noisy and a lot of fun.
Dress Code: Casual
Phone: (703) 537-0325
Address: 3232 Old Pickett Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031
True Food Kitchen
Why You Should Go: This is a great place for a night out where you feel like eating healthy or if you have a lot of strict diet restrictions like vegan or gluten-free.
True Food Kitchen crafts wonderful meals out of seasonal vegetables with the aim of providing an anti-inflammatory diet. Whenever my husband and I want to eat out but not feel gross or in a food coma, we have gone to True Food Kitchen to get our veggie fix.
Their Ancient Grains bowl comes with miso sesame glazed sweet potato, turmeric, charred onion, snow pea, grilled portobello, avocado, and hemp seed. True Food Kitchen also has entrees like vegan burgers, poke, and butternut squash pizza.
Phone: (571) 326-1616