Grillfish Offers New Weekend Specials
Starting this weekend, Grillfish, 1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW, is launching all-day weekend happy hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. In addition to drink and food specials, oysters are “a buck a shuck” $1 during happy hour both on weekends and weekdays from 4-7 p.m.
In addition to all-day weekend happy hours, Grillfish is offering a weekend brunch package for two featuring one dozen oysters, two brunch entrees, a bottle of champagne with two juice mixtures and a dessert to share for $49 on weekends from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
This weekend only, the brunch special is $39 — $10 off.
B Too to host Belgian Chic dinner
Chef Bart Vandaele is bringing “Belgian Chic” to D.C. in a one-night-only special replication of a recent James Beard Foundation dinner that he hosted in New York City.
At 7 p.m. on Apr. 1, B Too, 1324 14th St. NW, will offer creative takes on cuisine of Vandaele’s homeland paired with wines to complement.
The dinner starts with bites of crab leg meunière with Brussels sprout stoemp, foie gras cylinders with goat butter brioche and kelp-marinated Norwegian salmon with blackberry–yogurt push pops paired with Champagne Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV.
Dinner includes North Sea mussel parfait with green celery, sea beans and speculoos spice crumble paired with Newton unfiltered chardonnay 2012; hay-smoked lobster with coffee-braised carrots, Ardbeg whiskey perfume and Black Garlic paird with Newton unfiltered chardonnay 2000; whole-roasted sterling white halibut with leeks, Saison beer-braised salsify and watercress sauce paired with Newton unfiltered cabernet 2012; and beef tenderloin with oxtail, puffed potatoes, smoked mayonnaise, grilled onions, pickled mushrooms and Trappist Rochefort 10 ale sauce paired with Newton The Puzzle 2012. Dessert is Meyer lemon pie waffle with cilantro crystals and yuzu crème brûlée paired with sauvignon blanc te Koko Cloudy Bay 2011.
The cost for dinner with wine pairings is $119 per person.
Zengo debuts Test Kitchen: Indonesia to Argentina series
Zengo, 781 7th St. NW, 20001, will unveil its next Test Kitchen series this April. Every few months, owner and chef Richard Sandoval and his culinary team research and develop new recipes featuring the cuisine and spirits of one Latin and one Asian country. The result is a specialty menu featuring small plates and cocktails that feature the bold flavors and techniques from each region. Test Kitchen menu items are marked with the “TK” symbol on the menu at Zengo, noting that they are exclusive and available for a limited time only.
Available only during dinner after 5 p.m. from Apr. 1-June 30, chef de cuisine Jason Streiff is preparing Test Kitchen: Indonesia to Argentina with dishes inspired by the cultures of Indonesia and Argentina.
Test Kitchen: Indonesia to Argentina will feature four plates including stuffed crispy tofu with chorizo, shrimp, carrot, bean sprout and a sweet soy dipping sauce; Indonesian style chile crab cakes with lump blue crab, cucumber salad, lemon, tomato and chile crab sauce; beef tongue escabeche with pickled bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, hard boiled egg and cilantro, as well as the Argentinian parrillada mixed grill with hanger steak, sweet chorizo, blood sausage, grilled chicken breast and black truffle chimichurri that serves two. For desserts, guests can enjoy a lychee mousse with mango, vanilla cake and raspberry sauce. The featured menu items range in price from $9 to $49.
Two special TK cocktails priced at $13 each complement the dishes: the Smoked Ginger – Jengibre Ahumado with rye whiskey, ginger and honey syrup, apricot brandy, lemon juice and ginger beer, and the Tucuman with gin, apricot brandy, sweet vermouth and blood orange bitters.
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro lists special events for April
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, 2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW, has announced a list of special events for April.
On Apr. 1, April Fools’ Day, all house specialty cocktails are $7 all day. For those who insist, bottles of wine are buy one, get one free.
In honor of the premiere of the last season of Mad Men, Slate presents a very classic Don Draper Daiquiri from Apr. 6-12. The classic cocktail made popular by the also enigmatic Ernest Hemingway will be featured for $9.
On Tax Day, Apr. 15, those suffering the slings and arrows of tax payment and never ending tax forms — there happens to be a strategically placed Post Office just a few doors down — get some sweet relief after mailing their return.The restaurant is offering a complementary dessert with a purchase of an entrée, and maybe most important, bottles of wine are buy one, get one free.
Hank’s Oyster Bar in Old Town launches lunch service on Apr. 6
Lunch service at Hank’s Oyster Bar at 1026 King St. in Old Town Alexandria will begin serving lunch on Apr. 6. Hank’s second location has only been serving dinner since it opened in 2007. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In addition to menu favorites like the shrimp po boy, lobster bisque, Ipswich clams and lobster roll, owner and chef Jamie Leeds has created some lunch-only options. Among them are sandwiches such as the smoked salmon reuben with cole slaw, pepper jack, and cayenne remoulade; the grilled steak sandwich with chimicurri and horseradish mayo on a ciabatta bun; and salad options like the seafood cobb with chilled shrimp, calamari, roasted beets, cucumber, bacon, chopped egg and tomato withr house-made ranch dressing. The main menu will stay constant with categorized items in ice bar, small plates, large plates and sides while rotating items will appear in the form of daily specials and sandwich specials.
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