1101 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Cuisines: Modern, Belgian, Breakfast
Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center, McPherson Square
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Lamb sausage with lentils; pea soup with veal-cheek meatballs; frites with three mayos; mushrooms and spaetzle with a poached egg; coq au vin; snails; black-currant-and-fig clafoutis.
Robert Wiedmaier's Belgian brasserie and beer hall is a multipurpose space--great for blowing off steam with coworkers, downing platters of oysters and pints of beer (the menu is as thick as the best wine lists), enjoying a hearty meal or a leisurely weekend brunch.
Servers cross the dining room with the hurried purpose of commuters at rush hour while diners gamely attack gargantuan plates of food. Belgian cuisine is more robust than French and more blue-collar: It emphasizes the slow braise over the composed plate, fortifies its sauces with beer as often as with wine, and turns up its ruddy nose at seasonality.
What to get: Steak tartare; either of the raw-bar towers with lobster, oysters, shrimp, mussels, and clams; mussels steamed in white wine and garlic or drenched in veal Bolognese; duck cassoulet with white-bean ragoût; lamb pappardelle; pear tarte Tatin.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.