By Punch Palate Correspondent Megan McGrath
Stepping into 901 Restaurant feels like you are transported to Vegas, and friends, that is a very good thing in my opinion.Â The decor features sleek white leather booths and accents with dim lighting.Â The restaurant also features an impressive beer and cocktail menu, which I sampled, and a newly revampedÂ menu.
901 focuses on American fare with Asian influences (Executive Chef Thomas Hall is from TenPenh), and the servings areÂ small plates.Â Â Diners also have the option of ordering large composed plates (entree size) if they are opposed to sharing.Â Please note the aforementioned diners are not invited toÂ join my sleek, communalÂ table.
901 breaks their menu down for their crowd by several categories.Â These include Land for the carnivores, Sea for the fish and shellfish fiends, then Vegetable, Salads and Sides.Â As with all restaurants, I sampled as many plates as possible, and am including somewhat blurry pictures of my favorites!
Stout-braised Pork Belly with Orange Hoisin BBQ Sauce, Arugula, Pickled Chili.Â I love pork belly, love it!Â Sometimes it can seem greasy, but this wasn’t.Â The sauce gave it a nice tang and I really liked the heat from the chili.
Chinese Spiced Duck Breast with Sweet Potato Puree, and Balsamic Sour Cherry Chutney.Â Again, duck is definitely one of my favorites.Â The sweet potato puree was not too sweet and silky, and the chutney added a depth of flavor.Â This dish is the owner’s favorite, and that is always a good sign.
And now let me revisit the cocktail menu at 901.Â They have a variety of cocktails, and almost all can be served over dry ice to produce the smokey, bubbly effect.Â As a rule I stay away from blue drinks, college-don’t ask, but the Envy (pictured above)Â was more fruity than overly sweet.Â Â I would definitely order it again.
Yaki Soba Mushroom Ragout was my favorite plate of the night and I recommend it to veg and non-veg diners!Â Â The pasta soaks up all of the wild mushroom and shiso sauce without feeling heavy.Â I’m ordering aÂ composed plate for myself next time.
What’s a dinner without dessert?Â Or in our case, four desserts.Â I finished my meal with the 901 Dessert Sampler.Â This included the house specialty “Coffee and Donuts” bread pudding,Â a spicy chocolate and chiliÂ Creme Brulee, a goat cheese Cheesecake with Sour Cherries,Â and a molten Caramel and Chocolate Cake with cinnamon tuile.Â If you are looking for less excess and only need one dessert,Â order the Coffee and Donuts.Â Â Why go for less?Â Embrace Vegas-like excess and order me up another Envy!
901 Restaurant and Bar is located at 901 Ninth Street NW,Â Washington, DC 20001.Â The restaurant is in Gallery Place and the phone number is 202-524-4433.Â Lunch Hours:Â Monday to Friday: 11:00am â€“ 5:00pm, closed Saturday and Sunday for lunch.Â Dinner Hours:Â Â Monday to Thursday: 5:00pm â€“ 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm â€“ 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm â€“ 10:00pm.
**Punch Palate Correspondent Megan McGrath is a serious foodie turned avid food blogger.Â Megan believes that food is fun, and is always looking for the next big thing on the DC food scene!Â She is a Legal Recruitment Manager for a law firm in Washington DC, and handles all levels of attorney hiring for the DC, Denver and New York Offices.Â Megan lives in Arlington, and can often be found experimenting in her kitchen for her blog http://imperfectlydelicious.wordpress.com.Â Follow her on Twitter @imprfctlydelish **
Punch Palate Correspondent Megan McGrath is a serious foodie turned avid food blogger. Megan believes that food is fun, and is always looking for the next big thing on the DC food scene! She is the Assistant Director of Employer Outreach at a local law school in Washington DC, and works with all different types of legal employers and law students. Megan lives in Arlington, and can often be found experimenting in her kitchen for her blog http://imperfectlydelicious.com. Follow her on Twitter @imprfctlydelish.