My F&W
quick save (...)

Citronelle

3000 M St. N.W.
Washington , DC , United States http://www.citronelledc.com/
(202) 625-2150

The newest branch of chef Michel Richard's growing mini-empire (there are two other Citronelles opening in California this year) is an extra-swanky temple of nouvelle French cuisine. You'll find a corps of crisp-suited waiters, a wall of kaleidoscopic colored glass in the main dining room, and a warren of smaller private rooms where the city's movers and shakers break bread. Richard's food, however, is anything but stuffy; from his amuse-bouche of "egg surprise" (which actually contains no eggs at all—instead, scallops are scrambled to look like them), to his rack of lamb with giant beans and a white-bean jalapeño sauce, to his crème brûlée adorned with "crispy petals" (made from phyllo pastry), his dishes are as playful as they are meticulous.

Tip: Unless you're a seasoned oenophile, don't even try to choose from the 8,000-label wine list. Let sommelier Mark Slater help you.

Last updated 2012-02-21 22:58:14 UTC
advertisement
You might also like
advertisement
The Dish
Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

Tune in on Wednesdays at 10PM ET for Top Chef: Boston, the 12th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world's most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 19-21.