781 7th Street, NW
From a press release:
“Metropolitan Hospitality Group (MHG), a locally owned and operated hospitality group, is proud to announce the grand opening of CIRCA at Chinatown. The neighborhood-driven restaurant concept serving deliciously-inspired food and drinks will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, February 21 at 781 Seventh St. NW in the historic Chinatown neighborhood of Washington D.C.
The 7,600-square-foot, two-level restaurant features a dining experience inspired by the Chinatown community and boasts a long bar on the first floor with flexible dining seating. The second floor hosts an additional craft cocktail bar named the Dragon Bar, plus a large dining room and private dining space.
The new CIRCA location is now home to two murals including #CIRCAdragon, an exterior installation that nods to Chinese culture symbolizing strength and good luck, and a new interior piece, inspired by the Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms.
“We’re thrilled to open our doors in one of the most prominent and event-driven DC neighborhoods,” says Matthew Carlin, President of MHG. “CIRCA at Chinatown is a re-imagination of the brand that perfectly blends the signature CIRCA elements, which DC has come to know and love, with a uniquely inspired nod to the neighborhood as seen through the incredible design, build-out and now extended menu selection.”
In addition to the popular menu fare, CIRCA at Chinatown will unveil a new craft cocktail menu for the upstairs Dragon Bar along with new neighborhood-inspired selections featuring Asian-infused elements such as:
YUZU TO LOVE ME
orange peel + lemongrass infused Mizu Shochu, Joto Yuzu, Angostura bitters, Dassai Sparkling Sake
SAKE TO ME
Joto Junmai sake, Ruffino Prosecco, Domaine de Canton, ginger, Joto Yuzu, strawberry, mint
DRAGONSLAYER #1 [FOR SHARING]
Cane Run rum, Goslings dark rum, Goslings 151 rum, orange curacao, orgeat, lime, lemon | serves 2-4
BULGOGI LETTUCE WRAPS
marinated short rib, bibb lettuce, sticky rice, kimchi aioli, chopped peanuts
FORBIDDEN RICE BOWL
pickled cucumbers, carrots, wakame, bean sprouts, crispy shiitake mushrooms, garlic spinach, gochujang, 63° egg
THAI SHRIMP + PEANUT FLATBREAD
shrimp, peanut sauce, scallions, Thai basil, cilantro, carrots, bean sprouts
Chinatown will be the third location for CIRCA, which has locations in both Foggy Bottom and Clarendon. MHG also owns and operates Open Road and TRIO Grill restaurants in Merrifield, with plans to open another CIRCA in Navy Yard in summer 2018 and Open Road in Rosslyn in fall 2018.”