Doi Moi

Southeast Asian

  • 84
  • 2015 Best Vegetarian
  • 2015 Best Asian

This bustling Logan Circle hotspot from celebrated chef Haidar Karoum features Thai and Vietnamese dishes inspired by the culinary traditions, culture, and street fare of Southeast Asia. Showcasing a wide range of Asian techniques, flavors and ingredients, the offerings also include a special menu featuring gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian dishes.

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What the Food Critics Are Saying

“Take the ‘spicy’ fried cashews at its word; your eyes will pop at the chili heat, but your hands are apt to dip back for more. Halibut with green peppercorns and galangal makes a racy yet refined ‘jungle’ curry. Stir-fried lemon grass beef with slippery vermicelli noodles -- Watch out, Eden Center! -- swells with flavor, thanks to fried garlic, scallion oil and fragrant herbs in the mix. And I can't wait to address my next cold with a bowl of this kitchen's glorious, mushroom-thick chicken noodle soup, shot through with lemon grass and gently sweet with coconut. Too hot for comfort? Rice is the insider's antidote to any fire in the food. While beer might be the obvious quaff, the list of wines is one of the strongest this diner has seen in an Asian restaurant.” – Washington Post

[On Best Thing We Ate: Chicken and Noodle Curry] “Doi Moi is among the hottest of the hot restaurants that have opened along 14th Street NW… Fittingly, many of the dishes at this Vietnamese/Thai hybrid are labeled either ‘phet’ or ‘phet mak,’ meaning ‘spicy’ and ‘really spicy.’ Wondering when we would next be able to make it in past the nightly crowds, we ordered a ridiculous number of dishes to sustain us till our next visit. Of those, our favorite was the creamy, spicy Chiang Mai chicken and noodle curry. (We would like to say it was far and away the best, but the lemongrass-and-spice roasted half chicken was a very close second favorite.) The northern Thai red curry sauce on the former is remarkably deep in flavor, and the knife that comes with it entirely unnecessary as the meat falls right off the bone. Add to that a smattering of noodles cooked to just the right texture, and we’ll be dreaming about this perfect dish until we can return.” – Zagat


The 135-seat space feels modern, light, and airy, with a mainly white palette, save for pops of color from imported Vietnamese tiles and colorful curios from Southeast Asia. Designed by Grizform Design, the restaurant spans two buildings, one historic and one new, and features floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the bustling street.

On the Side

“Doi Moi” is Vietnamese for “new changes,” and is typically used to denote renovation, renewal, or reconstruction.


  • Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016
  • Number 88: 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 - Washingtonian
  • 100 Very Best Restaurants of 2015 – Washingtonian
  • Haidar Karoum: Winner, Chef of the Year – 2014 RAMMY Awards
  • Two and a half stars from the Washington Post, 2014
  • Zagat rating of 24 out of 30

Menu for Doi Moi

1800 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Modern, Refined, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Singles
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 733-5131
  • Private Dining Room: No