One of Shaw’s newest and best is Tiger Fork, a temple of Hong Kong cuisine situated in an alleyway. The eclectically red-and-bamboo Chinese interior is smile-eliciting, much like its weekend “Dim Sum and Then Some” menu. Hong Kong-style French toast, Chinese bacon and creamed tofu are among the Sunday hangover remedies, best teamed with a prosecco and passion fruit liqueur-based drink known here as Bad Girl Mimi.
Tiger Fork feels secreted away...arrive and discover a sultry Hong Kong-style den. Inside, find brick walls emblazoned with dragons and mountains, Chinese basket-style lanterns, and warehouse floors that show off a sexy, hip look. Chairman’s clams are a bowl of umami glory, with an intensely briny broth. Crack open that fortune cookie but don’t expect Confucius since you’re more likely to get words of wisdom from Gucci Mane.
A color-saturated Shaw dining room is the backdrop for a young crowd that tends to dine late. They come for whimsical cocktails (some spiked with medicinal Chinese herbs), Hong Kong–style street food, and a party-that-never-stops vibe.
The fried rice with pearly shrimp, chunks of white fish, sweet omelet and a dusting of minced fried garlic is sensational, worth haggling over who gets any leftovers. Every table seems to have a plate of cheung fun on it, and here’s why: Steamed rice noodles rising from a chile-fired sauce of black beans and sesame seeds are awesome. But the one dish I never fail to get is the barbecue plate — crisp-fatty pork belly, sweet-edged pork shoulder, succulent soya chicken — dropped off with condiments (green hot sauce, pickled vegetables, sweet scallion sauce) every bit as wonderful as what they kiss. Three stars.
The concept of a medicinal cocktail is nothing new, but the Traditional Chinese Medicine cocktail menu at Tiger Fork in Washington, D.C., goes way beyond the hot toddy. In fact, there’s not a hot toddy in sight. Instead guests find beverages that mix liquor and traditional medicinal herbs.
922 N Street (Rear) NW · Blagden Alley Washington DC 20001
Sunday - Monday 5pm -10pmTuesday - Saturday 5pm - 12amTuesday - Thursday (Late Night Bar Menu) 10:30-12amSat 11am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 12amSun 11am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm