100 Best Restaurants 2008: Proof
No. 83: Proof
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Address: 775 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-737-7663
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Cuisines: Modern
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2. Open for dinner Monday through Wednesday 5:30 to 10, Thursday through Saturday 5:30 to 11, Sunday 5 to 9:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pork confit; creamy sweetbreads over a sauté of charred corn; meatballs with goat-cheese agnolotti; miso-glazed sablefish; perfectly pink duck breast with pomegranate vinaigrette; shrimp burger (lunch only).

Cuisine: Eclectic, trendy fare—small plates that nod to Asia and the Mediterranean, plus a long roster of cheeses and charcuterie—to mix and match with wines from an impressive list, including some from owner Mark Kuller’s 7,000-bottle collection.

Mood: Across from Verizon Center, the dimly lit dining room, animated by a bank of screen images from the National Portrait Gallery, captures the moneyed mood of downtown DC. Owner Kuller parks his Porsche by the curb (the license plate reads proof), and a young, slick crowd tests its wine expertise.

Best for: Grazing and sitting with a glass of wine.

Best dishes: Thin slices of hamachi with olive oil and Hawaiian sea salt; crispy flatbread dabbed with burrata (a creamy cheese) and baby arugula; a small slab of pâté combining chicken, pistachios, and cherries; light, spongy meatballs in a sweet marinara; juicy, panko-crusted slices of chicken with a bright salsa verde; goat-cheese cheesecake; Mr. Randy Watson, a decadent after-dinner drink of chocolate and peanut-butter liqueurs with a shot of Chambord.

Insider tips: Sommelier Sebastian Zutant will open any bottle of wine that’s less than $300 and pour you a glass for about a third of its price on the list (two-glass minimum)—a wonderful incentive to sample hard-to-find gems. And his Champagne cart—a half dozen bottles a night—is enticing.

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