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On the Menu: Cherry-Blossom-Inspired Dishes at Washington Restaurants
Washington’s cherry trees will soon explode into a riot of pink and white hues, just as they have for the past 97 years. To celebrate the return of these delicate blooms, many Washington restaurants are serving Japanese-inspired plates. Read on to see wha By Kyle Jameson
Adour's textbook macaroons. Photograph by Chris Leaman
Comments () | Published March 16, 2010

Adour
The macaroons—one of the restaurant’s signature sweets served to every diner at the end of each meal—are filled with cherry marmalade.

Aria Trattoria
At this downtown DC Italian dining room, chef Xavier DeShayes is serving a special dessert: almond-milk soup with cherry compote ($6).

Art and Soul
A Japanese-inspired three-course menu ($55) includes hamachi sashimi with citrus-radish salad, crispy rockfish in cherry-sake sauce, and green-tea cheesecake.

Asia Nine Bar & Lounge
Chef Rod Yotmanee is offering an à la carte menu featuring an edamame-and-cherry dumpling, a flower-shaped salmon-and-avocado roll, crispy fish with pik king, cherry sushi roll, and taro roti with sweet-cherry sauce. (Prices range from $5 to $20.)

Bangkok Joe’s
A three-course, prix fixe menu ($25.10 for lunch, $35.10 for dinner) includes a duck dumpling with cherry-wine sauce, salmon glazed in a cherry-miso sauce, and cherry-chocolate bread pudding for dessert.

Bistro Bis
Chef/owner Jeffrey Buben is serving a cherry-and-almond financière ($11.50) layered with cherry mousse, almond praline, morello cherry gelée, and Montmorency sauce.

BlackFinn American Saloon
For dinner, chef Michelle Giroux is offering baby-back pork ribs in a cherry glaze ($12.99 half-rack, $19.99 full rack). And for dessert, there’s a sour-cherry cobbler ($6.99).

B. Smith’s
This Southern-accented restaurant is serving a three-course menu ($25 for lunch, $35 for dinner), including salad greens with sun-dried cherries and blood-orange vinaigrette, seared salmon with a cherry-port glaze, filet mignon with shiitake mushrooms, and cherry-apricot cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

Buzz

This Alexandria cafe/bakery is baking special cherry-blossom cupcakes (devil’s-food cake with cream-cheese frosting) for $2.75, as well as an eight-inch version for $35. There’s also cherry-almond granola ($4.95) and cherry cheesecake ($4.95).

Café Dupont
To celebrate the blooms, chef Silvan Kramer is offering a $48 three-course menu, featuring foie-gras pâté with cherry chutney, a slow-roasted venison loin with cherry demi-glace, and cherry crème brûlée with caramelized white chocolate for dessert.

Charlie Palmer Steak
Slow-braised pork cheeks are served with preserved cherries and cauliflower ($28).

Circle Bistro
Chef Ethan McKee is serving sour-cherry cobbler ($8).

Citronelle
Chef/owner Michel Richard is cooking up magic by turning white sablefish red—the fish is marinated in beet juice and served with beet polenta ($30). For dessert, there's cherry cupcakes dipped in chocolate and served with red cappuccino ($12).

Co Co. Sala
At this Penn Quarter cocoa lounge, a special dessert is on the menu: a chocolate/cherry financière with cherry gelato and a cherry-yogurt bonbon ($12).

CommonWealth
This British gastropub is serving a cherry-flavored ice-cream sandwich ($8) made with two chocolate cookies, house-made vanilla ice cream, and fresh Bing cherries.

Cure Bar & Bistro
At this three-tiered restaurant and lounge located inside DC’s Grand Hyatt, chef Kevin Villalovos is serving a three-course menu ($35), which includes a salad with cherry-balsamic vinaigrette, pork osso buco with sun-dried-cherry gremolata, and deep-fried cherry pie with goat-cheese ice cream. Plus, there are complimentary oatmeal-cherry cookies to take home.

Dino
Chef/owner Dean Gold offers petto d’anatra: seared duck breast on farro salad with a cherry-prosciutto glaze ($22).

District Line Restaurant + Bar
Situated inside the Hilton Washington hotel, this contemporary American eatery is serving a griddled chocolate cupcake with French cherries and cherry-blossom ice cream ($7).

Farmers & Fishers

On the menu at this Georgetown dining room is a crispy-skin duck breast with cherry demi-glace ($16).

Founding Farmers
This eco-bistro in DC’s Foggy Bottom is serving chocolate-cherry French toast ($10) as well as a cherry-blossom purse pastry with vanilla ice cream ($9) for dessert. 

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