The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington will host Summer Restaurant Week, August 19-25, inviting participating restaurants to offer three-course lunches and three-course dinners. This bi-annual event invites diners to experience Washington’s top restaurants at an affordable price point. As an added bonus, some restaurants including award-winning restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s 701 Restaurant, The Bombay Club, The Oval Room, Ardeo+Bardeo, Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, and nopa Kitchen + Bar will be extending their offering through September 1st allowing more time to enjoy the summer savings.
At 701 Restaurant, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, 20004, for first courses the menu includes Chilled Potato Leek Soup with sorrel and pickled bulb onions; Poached Sweet Water Shrimp with lemon tapioca, horseradish, and tomato jam; Roasted Beets served with blackberry vinaigrette, and mint; Yellow Wax Bean Salad with feta dressing, cherry tomatoes, and basil; Heirloom Tomatoes with ricotta, black pepper gastrique, and arugula; and Yellow Fin Tuna with avocado, young coconut broth, and poblano relish. For the entrée course, guests can choose from Gently Baked Salmon with snap peas, fennel, and licorice broth; Caramelized Sea Scallops with gold bar squash and smoked bacon marmalade; Steamed Rock Fish served with cherry mustard, confit potatoes, and broccoli rabe; Braised Pork Cheeks with crispy corn bread gnocchi and kimchee; or Buffalo Mozzarella Ravioli with corn, tomato marinade, and basil butter. Lastly, for dessert, guests can enjoy one of four tempting choices such as Lemon Pound Cake with blackberry ice cream and compote; Panna Cotta with peach salad, basil, and lemon verbena; Chocolate Mousse with toasted fluff and graham cracker streusel; or Hazelnut-Raspberry Tort with crushed raspberries and raspberry sorbet. Restaurant week at 701 Restaurant is from August 19 through September 1st and can be enjoyed inside or on the 45-seat outdoor patio overlooking the Navy Memorial fountain and the National Archives along Pennsylvania Avenue.
At The Oval Room, located at 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 20006, Restaurant Week offers a three-course meal with options for everyone. Guests have their choice between appetizers, including Chilled Garden Pea Soup, with lemon tapioca, yogurt ,and mint; Buffalo Mozzarella with warm figs, smoked prosciutto, and candied walnuts, Heirloom Tomatoes with raspberry vinegar, Castello Blu, and basil; Crunchy Soft Shell Crab with green goddess sauce and herb salad; and Black Pepper Pasta with summer truffle pesto and truffle oil. The entrée course offers five dishes for diners to choose between Charred Jalapeno Spaghetti with stewed tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil; Grilled Flat Iron Steak with purple potato puree and poblano-mint relish; Gently Baked Salmon with fresh corn polenta and cherry tomato marinade; Caramelized Sea Scallops with smoked onion, wax beans, and bacon vinaigrette; and Roasted Pork Loin with cherry mustard, pea shoots, and crispy confit potatoes. For dessert, diners can choose a sweet of their liking between Lemon Sponge Cake with peach-basil salad and peach ice cream; Chocolate Brownie with espresso mousse and caramel ice cream; Cheesecake Parfait with cherry compote and toasted graham cracker crumbles; and Yogurt Panna Cotta with macerated blackberries and lemon verbena syrup. The Oval Room’s Restaurant Week prix-frixe menu will be offered for an extended time, from August 19th until September 1st.