Michelin Adds 16 New Restaurants to Its DC Dining Guide

L’Ardente is a single of 16 restaurants extra to Michelin’s DC dining information. Photograph by Greg Powers

Past 12 months, Michelin commenced steadily adding eating places to its town guides compared to their standard highly-expected once-a-year reveals for Bib Gourmand (“good value”) and Michelin star recipients. The places to eat are however suitable for those people accolades, as very well as the much less-prestigious “plate” awards offered to all some others. Following asserting 4 new additions in December—Caribbean place Bammy’s in Navy Yard, the Wharf’s contemporary Vietnamese Moon Rabbit, New Orleans-model Dauphine’s downtown, and plant-dependent Oyster Oyster in Shaw—Michelin has additional 16 new names. The whole 2022 variety with the huge winners will be announced Wednesday, Might 4.

“By revealing some of the new additions made by our inspectors throughout the yr, we improve our electronic equipment to additional bolster the ties that bind us to foodstuff enthusiasts,” Michelin Worldwide Director Gwendal Poullennec said in a push launch. “As the restaurant industry carries on to facial area unprecedented troubles and uncertainties, we hope that these standard revelations and updates to the choice all over the calendar year will give prospects to highlight the profession and invite every person to explore and guidance the dining places all around them.”

This current announcement contains the most dining establishments added DC’s “little pink book” of late. Last year, Michelin additional five new starred eating places to its DC guidebook, and eradicated none, irrespective of some momentary pandemic closures. Meanwhile they extra six Bib Gourmands, yet eradicated nine—both due to closures and the critique procedure. Although many foodstuff critics and publications paused their standard reviews in the course of the pandemic—including Washingtonian—Michelin inspectors go on to transfer ahead.

“Our inspection workforce is totally fully commited to assistance and endorse restaurants by currently being adaptable, respectful and sensible as recovery normally takes condition,” Michelin spokesperson Lauren McClure told Washingtonian.

The most the latest 16 additions, highlighted as “new” in the on the web information, are intended to preview some of the gems Michelin’s anonymous inspectors learned ahead of awards are bestowed. The checklist consists of a mix of neighborhood places like Petworth ramen spot  Menya Hosaki and Indian-accented Daru on H Avenue, Northeast great dining newcomers (Philotimo in downtown DC, L’Ardente at Capitol Crossing, La Bise by the White House) lounge-y places with engaging foodstuff, these kinds of as Apéro in Georgetown and Mt. Vernon’s Bar Chinois classics this kind of as Georgia Brown’s downtown, and much more far more.

Here’s the comprehensive record, and what Michelin inspectors have to say.

Michelin Adds 16 New Restaurants to Its DC Dining Guide
Philotimo. Photograph by Deb Lindsey

This relative newcomer is a beacon of Levantine cooking. These dishes are refined versions of common delicacies and solutions are immaculate, as evidenced by the mezze, complete with pickled crimson cabbage, tahini and refreshingly tart yogurt.

Champagne and caviar are the menu’s mission, and owner Elli Benchimol and team nail it. It is generally offered with a host of common accoutrements, like chopped egg, capers and chives, as effectively as batons of crunchy waffles.

Bar Chinois
The staff here has envisioned a swanky and hip French wine bar with delectable Asian bites — and so this great haunt was born.

The kitchen area workforce requires classic Indian cuisine in a novel route. Is that blue cheese on your tandoor-grilled hen kebabs? Of course, in fact. Matched with bitter cherry reduction and popcorn cashews, it’s as enticing a planning as the boldly spiced minced bison momos.

This substantial Richard Sandoval operation, unfold more than two floors, serves up the likes of guacamole de bonito, uplifted by smoky charred tostadas — a thrilling way to start off proceedings.

El Secreto de Rosita        
Chef Cristian Granada’s dynamic menu surely leans Peruvian, but it also embraces the nation’s broad terrain — from the coast all the way to influences from Europe and Asia. Behold the tiradito, featuring sashimi-quality ahi tuna with a passion fruit-and-orange sauce.

Ga Brown’s  
Everyone is in this article for the basic Southern cooking that is probably to conjure up lots of a nostalgic memory. Start off off with the fried hen livers accompanied by a mustard-soy emulsion. Then tuck into a steaming and aromatic bowl of Carolina gumbo floating with chicken, andouille, okra and shrimp.

Honeymoon Chicken       
Chef Rob Sonderman of the Federalist Pig has expanded to chicken — properly, an up-to-date edition of fried rooster to be precise. This Petworth perch resembles a modern diner with old-university vibes.

With soaring ceilings and home windows to match, this Italian kitchen has a good deal additional to give. A wood-burning grill and pizza oven allude to its strengths. At no place does any dish want for taste, down to the charred cabbage buried underneath a riot of trout roe, tarragon and currants.

La Bise       
The menu is loosely French but with a range of detours, from steak tartare and Rohan duck breast to black truffle risotto and Maine lobster with pineapple.

If the name was not currently a giveaway, the substantial comal by the window and row of golden corn husks hanging along the wall must tell you what matters most to this cafe — corn. Heirloom kinds sourced from Mexico are nixtamalized, floor into masa, pressed into tortillas and griddled at all hours.

Menya Hosaki       
Very carefully composed bowls of ramen feature thin, chewy, home-manufactured noodles accompanied by delicate broths with nuance and depth. The signature bowl is a smoky, triple-menace combination of tonkotsu, hen chintan and dashi.

The Eaton Hotel, which also residences Chef Matt Baker’s casual café and bakery, is lucky to play host to these kinds of an completed staff — one particular that sources well and seasons with panache, all the whilst running an remarkable bar that is as large as the eating place.

The Greek cuisine reflects Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s heritage and options a present-day accent. Meals get started and stop with thoroughly crafted dishes that are introduced as a prix-fixe.

The Setting
John Snyder, Kiran Saund and Nick Hopkins are the brains at the rear of this one of a kind tasting principle that shines the light-weight on avenue food from close to the world.

The Wafu cooking flaunts a specified uniqueness while remaining balanced and precise. Dishes might be ideal explained as Japanese-affected Italian. This mix is unfussy and seamless in the likes of spaghetti with Kurobuta sausage and a refined Tabasco-ketchup sauce.


Food stuff Editor

Anna Spiegel addresses the eating and ingesting scene in her indigenous DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held a variety of cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.