What do the presidents and senators eat? If you are wondering, check out The Oval Room, a contemporary upscale restaurant located just a few steps from the Oval Office, where the powerhouses of Washington frequently dine. The dining room is appropriately elegant and sophisticated, with magnificent original art on the walls and soft, discrete lighting. There is enough space between the tables to allow for private lobbying or for discussing strategy, but once the food arrives, everyone stops talking – Executive Chef John Melfi is just that good.
Officially called modern American cuisine, what chef Melfi makes is actually in a category of its own. He mixes flavors and ingredients in a totally unexpected way with spectacular results. Just try his Pan Roasted Amish Chicken with Foie Gras, Chestnut Puree, Brussel sprouts, smoked honey, and Trumpet mushrooms. For the full experience, go for the chef’s seasonal four-course menu with a wine pairing. It is a heavenly experience.
800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202-463-8700 (website)
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