923 16th Street, NW
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From a press release:
“Alhambra premieres with a focus on fresh, local ingredients prepared simply and executed masterfully by its new Executive Chef, Sébastien Giannini. The Mediterranean menu will complement Giannini’s prestigious culinary expertise. The haute-cuisine restaurant, located at The St. Regis, Washington D.C., offers diners an approachably elegant experience with a well-rounded menu and a revered beverage program.
“Alhambra is the crown jewel and the latest new culinary option in Washington, D.C.’s bustling White House district” notes Joseph Mattioli, General Manager of The St. Regis, Washington D.C. “Chef Giannini has created a bright Mediterranean menu strongly influenced by his French background. The refined menu will be punctuated by elevated table-side service and a distinctive level of service, making the restaurant a new favorite for Washington diners.”
The menu will feature several signature dishes including scallops a la plancha served with savora mustard, turmeric, and raw cauliflower; tomahawk steak, designed for two diners, it includes taggiasca olives, pommes chateau, preserved lemon, and braised cauliflower; olive pit roasted chicken featuring an herb butter and mousseline; and rockfish, served over chorizo, cherrystone clams, and topped with an aioli foam.
Chef Giannini has also updated the popular Sunday brunch menu with French-inspired Mediterranean dishes including lobster “folie folie” which includes poached eggs, hollandaise, served with rustic bread; Albufera waffle, a take on chicken and waffles with cocotte seared chicken breast and ice wine maple syrup drizzled on top; and orange duck over creamy polenta with a black olive sauce. Diners with a sweet tooth can finish any meal at Alhambra with one of Executive Pastry Chef Thierry Delourneaux’s iconic desserts including the orange blanc manger with dehydrated meringue, orange sanguine, and Tahitian vanilla Chantilly; and the Alhambra which features chocolate gianduja, Monte Carlo mousse, and strawberry sorbet.
Inspired by the wealth of cultures that comprise the Mediterranean region, Alhambra seeks to offer Washington diners a global experience, punctuated by Chef Giannini’s classic French background. The restaurant will also emphasize unique differentiators such as tableside preparation, a nod to a more personalized rapport with the guest, including a unique take on tuna tartare, complete with date puree, harissa paste, preserved lemon, marcona almond, and quail’s egg yolk. The new restaurant will enjoy strategic partnerships with local purveyors. An exclusive partnership has been established with Boulangerie Christophe, a local baker from the South of France, who will introduce an exclusive Mediterranean-inspired fig and walnut loaf that will be served exclusively in Alhambra. They will also supply all fresh breads daily.
Designed by renowned architect David Rockwell and the talented Rockwell Group, Alhambra highlights many of the historic building’s original features, including a landmarked hand painted ceiling. It is set in a landscape of bold hues of black, silver, brown, cream and gold, which intermingle with rich textures to create a lush, warm environment. The modern décor beautifully complements the restored St. Regis hotel, providing a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C.
Alhambra is open 7:00am – 11:00am daily for breakfast, 11:30am – 2:00pm Monday-Friday for lunch, and 5:30pm – 10:00pm Monday-Saturday for dinner. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 509-8000 or visiting OpenTable.com.”
16th and K Street, NW