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Whisk and Quill Roving Reporter Samantha Lee Visits The Spot’s New Asian-Fusion Food Hall

Featuring Mian Pull Noodles, Cheers Cut, Gong Cha, Poki DC and Alpaca Dessert

August 19, 2018Photo credit – Samantha Lee

The Spot

On July 7, 2018, Edward Wong of Akira Ramen & Izakaya and Urban Hot Pot, partnered with Vivian Zhu and Gary Ngo (founder of Poki District) to open The Spot, […]

Akira Ramen & Izakaya Comes to Rockville, Maryland

Samantha Lee Contributing Food Writer May 10, 2018 Photo credit: Samantha Lee


Australian native and restauranteur, Edward Wong, chose the Japanese name Akira for his recently opened ramen and izakaya restaurant on Rockville Pike. The name is synonymous with the words “bright”, “intelligent” or “clear” – a very auspicious beginning for this […]

Shangri-La Restaurant ~ Bethesda, Maryland

Samantha Lee Contributing Food Writer Photos by S. Lee

I discovered Shangri-La, a Nepali and Indian Restaurant, at the Taste of Bethesda. Though opened in 2008, it went under new management in January 2016 and is named after the Nepalese paradise of Shangri-La with its stunning white peaks in the Kunlun mountains.

From the outside, […]

Himitsu Wows in Petworth Neighborhood

Samantha Lee March 2016 Photo credit – Samantha Lee

Early last November Carlie Steiner, owner and beverage director, and Kevin Tien, owner and executive chef opened Himitsu – a Japanese restaurant with a Latin American and Asian flair, in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. The duo met at ThinkFoodGroup’s Oyamel on 7th Street where […]

Izakaya Seki

Samantha Lee November 16, 2016 Photo credit – Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee is a contributing restaurant reviewer for Whisk and Quill. We are pleased to share her experiences dining in the trendiest local Asian restaurants.

Walking from the U Street Metro Station to Izakaya Seki, you may notice a prominent chōchin beside a two-story brick […]

Nibbles And Sips Around Town – June 9, 2016

Samantha Lee, Guest Contributor June 9, 2016

Suma Restaurant + Bar

Suma Restaurant + Bar is an New American style restaurant located near Bethesda Row. Suma translates to “born in the summer”. Boasting an outdoor 20-seat patio with sectional sofa and basket-woven chairs, the indoor dining room comfortably seats up to 57 people. […]