Doi Moi will become a daytime destination again starting Aug. 13 when Bird’s Eye Coffee Bar & Eatery relaunches inside the restaurant under Johanna Hellrigl. The executive chef, who took over in March, said she thought about everything customers could possibly crave when drawing up the breakfast and lunch menus.
Diners will be able to start their mornings with vibrant dragon fruit smoothie bowls, exploding egg yolk breakfast sandwiches with Southeast Asian twists, and comforting satchels of coconut sticky rice with Thai baby bananas steamed in a banana leaf.
Lunch features lighter fare like a glass noodle bowl and a banana blossom salad as well as gut-busting sandwiches such as Southeast Asian porchetta and marinated hanger steak with caramelized shallots and Shark Sriracha jus. Sandwiches are made-to-order and come fully loaded with pickled vegetables on toasted Lyon Bakery rolls.
Weekday breakfast will be served from 7 to 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch from 11 to 2 p.m. in the bar area and patio. On weekends, Bird’s Eye will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. continuously with breakfast served all day. The lunch menu will become available at 11 a.m. When Doi Moi eventually launches brunch, weekend Bird’s Eye service will likely be suspended unless Hellrigl determines there’s enough demand to keep it going alongside brunch offerings.
Bartender Lukas B. Smith, who will soon open a new concept in the 2 Birds 1 Stone space below Doi Moi, is putting together an intriguing coffee menu for Bird’s Eye. Because 14th Street NW is saturated with coffee shops, he’ll seek to stand out by serving frozen Vietnamese coffee and Thai iced tea alongside traditional pour-over coffee. “We’re getting our own roast to get that bitter flavor you get in Vietnamese coffee without burning it to death,” Hellrigl says.
Former Doi Moi executive chef Sasha Felikson initially launched Bird’s Eye as a lunchtime sandwich shop. View the new menu, as well as photos of various dishes, below.
Bird’s Eye Coffee Bar & Eatery, 1800 14th St. NW; (202) 733-5131