The minibar offers one of the most unique experiences in the DC area. The restaurant is located in a beautiful space in Washington's Penn Quarter. The entrance and waiting area are dominated by white colors. Once inside you are immediately submerged in the world of Jose Andres. Dinner starts in the waiting room with surprise sweet flowers hidden between the pages of a book. In the main dining room the guests sit in bar stools around a central kitchen area where the chefs finish the courses. Jose Andres has created an impeccable menu, which balances several ingredients and influences from varied regions of the world such as Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America. Chef Andres is a master of the chemical reactions that shape the food, and create flavors, as can be clearly seen in the preparation of his pasta course "Fusilli", which is showcased by his sous chefs in front of the guests. In an intricate dance of flavors, smells, textures, and sounds the dishes create new experiences through familiar images. We felt that the non-alcoholic pairings were a true testament to the chef's brilliance. Very playful and inventive, they complemented the food in a remarkable way! Their presentations (as you can see in the first few photos below) were a work of art. Service was very friendly, and extremely attentive to detail. An amazing night in DC!
Komi is tucked away in a small building in Dupont Circle. A really beautiful minimalistic restaurant! Photos are not allowed in the dining area. The service is extremely friendly and welcoming, but also very attentive to detail. Chef Johnny Monis has created an extremely well balanced and paced menu that climaxes with the main courses! The experience starts with multiple small plates (mezedakia), with particular focus on sashimi and strong Asian influences. Highlights include: steamed brioche with trout roe, shima aji with indian curry and spices, scallops two ways , cuttlefish with pickled veggies, foie gras mousse with truffled honey and creme fraiche, duck rillettes with sourdough toast, mascarpone stuffed date, served warm with a sprinkle of sea salt. The only part of the menu that is close to Mediterranean traditions is the main course. That is a selection of goat shoulder or neck of lamb (for bigger parties it is both). Both of these dishes were cooked to perfection! The meat is tender, rich, with crackling skin and perfect seasoning! Deserts created a nice balance with the savory part of the menu. Overall an amazing experience every time we have visited. Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Washington, DC!