7.21.2006

The Week in Review

What people are talking about locally ...

... Urbana in Kimpton's new Hotel Palomar opened this week for dinner at 2121 P St. NW. At a packed preview party on Wednesday night, Metrocurean sampled the tasty pizzas and appetizers, including buttery crostini topped with tomato and mozzarella and a spin on tuna tonnato offering a slice of rare tuna atop a tender piece of veal. The space, in typical Kimpton style, is striking and modern with a hint of retro swagger. A sign of glowing green wine bottles lures you down the steps, where the doors open into a long bar with lounge seating. The pizza oven, positioned behind a second bar, is covered with mirrored mosaic tiles — chef Richard Brandenburg affectionately called it the "disco ball" oven. Check out a few other takes on the new place on FreeRide and DCist. ...

... Bar Pilar's new menu is settling in nicely, if the crowds are any indication. Highlights during my recent visit included a nice array of roasted olives, flavor-packed chicken confit, tidy little squares of tender pork belly, and crisp roasted potatoes with a bright saffron aioli that will erase any memory of a previous Pilar potato incarnation that shall remain nameless. As promised, the wine list is extremely well-priced. ...

... Gerard's Place loses Gerard. ...

... Other imminent restaurant openings to watch for: Lia's from chef Geoff Tracy (maybe Monday), and Eamonn's from chef Cathal Armstrong and wife Meshelle (any day now). ...

... And one more: The Post's Food section gets 11th hour reprieve?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bar Pilar's seared tuna is simply great. I had 2 , one plate after another...

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