Green curry chicken is a staple of many area Asian restaurants, and it’s a good dish by which to judge them. If they can’t make a good curry, you probably won’t like anything else they cook. When you think about places to get green curry, restaurants like Absolute Thai, Asia Nine, or Haad Thai might come to mind. You’re probably not thinking of a French restaurant for your curry fix, but that’s just what we’re recommending today. In our opinion Bistro D’OC has the best green curry chicken in the neighborhood, albeit the most expensive as well.
On the menu it’s called Fricassee De Poulet Thai and comes in at a whopping $18.50; this is not your typical green curry chicken. Or rather, it is the same basic ingredients but they come together for a taste & texture that is significantly better than that offered by other area restaurants. Is it the free range chicken? More butter? Overall higher quality of ingredients? We don’t know what they do to make it taste so much better, we just know our taste buds agree.
In talking with the sons of the owner of Bistro D’OC, it sounds as if the family has spent a lot of time traveling in Thailand. While there may be a Thai influence over a few dishes on the menu, none compares with that green curry chicken. The Bistro D’OC curry is definitely not as spicy-hot as at its Asian counterparts around town; we assume though that you can request it hotter (or more mild).
So there you have it, the Palme d’Or for the best green curry chicken in Penn Quarter goes to Bistro D’OC. We assume you’ll now want to shower us with you agreement & praise in the comments section. On the off chance you disagree with our decision, you can throw your two cents in too.
Editor’s Note: We’re renaming our “Best In Town” series (which hasn’t seen an update in over a year) to “Best in PQ,” because that’s what we’ve always meant by “in town.” Now seemed like as good a time as any to clear up any confusion. The earlier entries in this series are available here, here, and here.