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Check Out the Newly Opened French Restaurant Le DeSales in the former Panache space

by Prince Of Petworth — March 26, 2017 at 10:05 pm 12 Comments

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1725 DeSales Street, NW looking towards the H&M

Oops, forgot to post this last week!! But better late than never because it did turn out pretty dope.

From a fact sheet:

Menu Description: Le DeSales offers classic French cuisine with a modern twist. Dishes are crafted from fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Signature dishes include Artichokes with ricotta, lemon forte mandarin oranges; Red Snapper “Crudo” with peas, watermelon and mojito; Blue Crab Simplissime; Eggs with duxelles, green asparagus and croutons (cracked tableside); Smoked Pork with carrots; Hanger Steak, wood-smoked and served with an old-style pesto; Baked Cherry Clams with greens and parmesan cheese, as well as Cod cooked in turnip juice with apricots and roe.

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Beverage List: Le DeSales features an expansive list of New World and Old World wines showcasing production styles and vintages that complement French cuisine. 100 wines are available by the bottle and more than 20 wines by the glass. Prices range from $35 to $400 by the bottle and $10 to $20 by the glass. A selection of fresh, seasonal cocktails crafted by Mixologists Lukas B. Smith and JD L. Quioco, who consulted for the restaurant, are also available and priced from $10 to $13 each. The restaurant also features six beers on tap and at least 12beers by the bottle.

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Capacity: The main dining room accommodates 68 guests seated. Those looking to focus their attention on the restaurants expansive wine selection are encouraged to grab a seat at the 14-seat white stone bar or 16-seat lounge.

A sidewalk café with views of the historic Mayflower Hotel is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 18 guests.

Design: Aziz Safi and Farid Nouri worked with Areetoon Jayanan Architecture & Interior Design to create the 3,100-square foot, 119-seat space, which has a tranquil feel inspired by modern French and Belgian brasseries. Finishes were chosen to create a warm and inviting space. Major design elements include warm hues, custom millwork, old Chicago blanc walls, brown oak beams, and rustic wood flooring throughout. Other highlights include a 300-bottle glass-enclosed wine display, benches upholstered in steel-blue velvet, vintage railing sconces in rustic iron, as well as butcher-block dining tables paired with leather and solid oak steam-bent chairs. A dramatic eight-foot wall installation of gazing eyes is one of the focal points of the space as is the charcuterie station made of floral and subway tile, which is visible to guests in the dining room and bar.

Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 2 PM

Dinner: Monday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday, from 5 PM to 12 AM

Bar Hours: Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 12 AM

Happy Hour: Monday through Saturday, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Drink specials will include Red, White, and Sparkling wine selections from $6. Belgian beer for $6. And a TBA Champagne special.”

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Many more photos after the jump.

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  • Bob

    Food menu seems nice and priced pretty well. But, $13 for a Kronenbourg (i.e., the Bud Light of France). Yikes.

    • DCMau5

      Canned and draft Beers are $13?! Is that a misprint?

    • Anon

      That’s laughable.

  • Belinskaya

    Quotes around a raw fish dish aren’t particularly appetising. What makes it not crudo?

  • Allyson

    Wow, all of the beer prices are pretty insane. I’m glad they have so many local beers, but you can get all of them for $7-$8 pretty much anywhere in the city, and they’re charging $13.

  • Michael Pierce

    Those prices lead me to believe that their primary focus will be taking the money of tourist and expense account diners, and not necessarily making the best food.

  • Anonymouse

    In actual France it would probably be called La Desales (because if it’s named after a street then the assigned gender would be feminine) but I reckon they chose “Le” so as not to confuse it with a Latin American or Spanish restaurant.

    • Schmoops

      Yes… this name makes my head hurt… firstly because having “le” and “de” next to each other is ugly and secondly as you mentioned 🙁

    • Anon

      To be fair, someone who charges $13/beer likely doesn’t give a f.ckall about anything other than making money, so at least they’re consistent if nothing else.

      • M

        Drink menu is probably incorrect. Everything being $13 doesn’t sound right….

  • Alain Delon

    I ate there on family and friends night. I thought somethings were ok but most were misfired. The only app worth eating was the crab and potatoes,the rest were at best ok, like the duck egg. The dinner portions were small and only the pasta dish was good. The cod with clams was extremely under done. Our server was an older on polit server but Unfortunately he said he was not planning on staying long after the opening.
    Overall ,I give it a one star.

    • SuperMe

      Wow.. you’re a real family or friend… lol..

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