Small, with tables close together. The staff was helpful with choosing and answered questions. I had the Laghman style noodles /lamb. While it was good, it had a few bones in it and ruined the meal for me so much that I could not finish it. The Dolan and the Honey cakes were both great dessert choices. The tea cannot be ordered by the cup, only by the pot, which was too much for two people just wanting a cup of tea. Otherwise, a nice place.
For a different ethic restaurant with authentic cuisine, we have taken friends about 6 - 7 times.
The noodle dishes are very different from any place we have eaten, and the fish dish and eggplant dish quite good. Will be going again.
This family owned and run restaurant serves unique food in a comfortable setting. They have parking in the back and are directly across from Cleveland Park Metro so if you avail yourself of the happy hour drinks or not, you have options. I really enjoyed my meal and will back with more friends.
My third visit. I'm glad to have Dolan Uyghur in the neighborhood, but can't honestly recommend it as a "destination." Uyghur food is interesting but much less subtle than many other new-to-American-tastebuds cuisines, and apart from its novelty value has limited appeal. It's a very oily cuisine; I don't think this is inauthentic, just a fact.
On all three of my visits, my and my companion's food arrived 5-10 minutes apart. I wish that Dolan could fix this awkward gap. Yes, I know it's a small kitchen, but still.
Dolan needs to put its hours on its website.
This was a lovely dinner with excellent food and matching service. It was a bit more expensive than I expected, but only because I found it via the Washingtonian's Cheap Eats list. Nice dinner (2 entrees, 1 wine, 1 dessert, pot of tea and generous tip $70.) I will certainly return.
Excellent and authentic meal -- fresh, homemade ingredients!
A great place to try a new (to me, and probably most Americans) cuisine, we had a great time and the server was wonderful about explaining the history of the Uyghur culture and food!
I found the food uneven. The meat filled bun was delicious, but several other dishes seemed like mediocre Chinese food.
Imaginative food, savory, but all familiar enough to feel like your new comfort food. The lamb skewers were terrific.
Our wait staff was excellent most of the food was amazing. Tried the milk tea though and it smelled sour. Could not deal with it. The only issue was the loud family who were surrounding our table but that is not the restaraunts fault
Vibrant, alive atmosphere, Excellent intriguing dishes, many that were new to us, definitely requiring future visits to work through the menu. Rose was personally attentive, engaged making us feel like family on our first visit. A great dining experience.
The family that runs the place was very sweet and the food was a little different so those are the good things. But, the food was just so so and that's what would make us go back.
Dolan Uyghur is on a busy, walkable street in the midst of upscale urban Cleveland Park. Yet it bears many resemblances to the archetypical ethnic strip mall restaurant: a cuisine unfamiliar to many Americans, a modestly decorated and furnished dining room with prices to match, and staff whose knowledge about the food exceeds their ability to communicate about it in English.
We certainly enjoyed our initial exposure to Uyghur food. We started with a spicy, well-seasoned eggplant salad that seemed more Mediterranean than Asian. Our main courses were noodle-based: we agreed that the chewy, shorter noodles of my Korma Chop (which vaguely resembled a spicier version of lo mein) were preferable to my spouse's Laghman. We ended the meal with a bowl of spiced walnuts, which were very easy to finish.