Officina, 1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington DC (The Wharf)
I should have been in a better mood when I left Officina after dinner last Friday night. I’d just eaten at one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2018 by one of DC’s top chefs, Nicholas Stefanelli of Masseria. Indeed “restaurant” is probably an inadequate word to describe what I’d ...READ MORE »
Requin at The Wharf, 100 District Square SW, Washington DC
My wife doesn’t quite understand my obsession with knowing if the head chef is in the kitchen when we eat out. Chefs train their subordinates to execute their vision, she argues, so there’s no reason to believe that quality will suffer just because the chef took the night off.
In an ...READ MORE »
Kith and Kin, 801 Wharf Street SW, Washington DC (in the Intercontinental Hotel)
I never made it to Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s previous restaurant, Shaw Bijou. In my defense, it was only open for two-and-a-half months.
For those unfamiliar, let me briefly recap the spectacular flame-out that was Shaw Bijou because it’s critical to understanding the launch of Kith and Kin.
Shaw Bijou ...READ MORE »