Kaliwa Opens with Korean, Thai, and Filipino Fare in DC waterfront

Written on 03/29/2018
By Sarap Team

MARCH 28--One of the Wharf’s most highly anticipated restaurants opens tonight, reports the Washingtonian. Kaliwa from husband-and-wife team chef Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong fuses Thai, Korean, and Filipino cooking under one roof on the waterfront. Cathal says the 185-seat place looks like a “luxury hotel in the Philippines.”

Armstrong was introduced to Filipino food from his wife, a Manila native, and her family. The Irish-born chef started playing with the flavors at Restaurant Eve over three years ago, hosting pop-ups and eventually serving sisig alongside bouillabaisse on a dual Filipino/New American menu.

It was during a Filipino food event that he met chef Paolo Dungca, who was then cooking food from his home country at Bad Saint. Dungca joined Eve as a sous chef and will be Kaliwa’s chef de cuisine.