1122 Ninth St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American
Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Intimate
Kabocha-squash soup with cheese crisp; red-snapper bisque; duck-egg-and-leg salad; lamb loin with garlic crépinette and creamed spinach; Muscovy duck with fig sauce; chocolate tart with caramelized bananas; house-made ice creams.
Expensive; entrées $20 to $32.
Special Features: Valet Parking Available
Tom Power’s quiet and understated Shaw restaurant stands out the same way a well-tailored jacket does. If his Modern American menu seldom changes, it’s because he’d rather win you over with consistency than with novelty.
His red-snapper bisque has such a deep, lingering flavor, it seems wrong to call it soup. His rendition of lumpia, a Filipino spring roll, might be the best fried food you’ll eat all year, if it weren’t for the fact that you might segue from that to the stellar soft-shell crabs. Wine reductions have disappeared from many menus, but Power reminds us what we’re missing when we drag a slice of crisped duck breast through one of his lustrously rich sauces. Note to the budget-minded: You can dine on the three-course prix fixe menu at the upstairs bar for $30—a steal.
Open: Monday through Saturday for dinner.
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