One of the biggest fall openings is imminent. Pinea, the new Southern European-restaurant replacing J&G Steakhouse in the W Hotel, announced an October 1 opening date. On the menu: chili-spiked pasta with clams and crab, whole roasted fish, and a lamb burger from chef Barry Koslow.
Koslow most recently churned out some of Washington’s best corned beef and pastrami at DGS Delicatessen, but a transition to Mediterranean cooking isn’t a stretch. Dishes from the region have always been present on his menus, whether at DGS, the now-closed Mendocino Grill, or Arlington’s Tallula/EatBar. The breakfast menu is the most concise, ranging from simple organic eggs with herb-roasted potatoes to piperade, a spicy pepper stew with eggs and chorizo. Lunch and dinner get more elaborate, with an emphasis on house-made pastas, charcuterie, and seafood dishes. Appetizers such as poached shrimp with smoked-tomato vinaigrette are joined by a list of merenda, which fall more in the tradition of shareable snacks like bruschetta and Serrano-wrapped roasted figs.
All three meals commence when the restaurant opens. In the meantime, you can check out the hotel’s recently reopened and remodeled P.O.V. rooftop lounge.
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