The French are known for exquisite taste in food, fashion, music, art, and literature (and looooove). This is not an uncommon notion.Â We also know that when it comes to the world of French cuisine, those who may not be most familiar, or perhaps those who are all well too familiar, think that it is all about: RICH. FATTENING (yet, how do those gorgeous Parisian Hermes wearing women look so svelte?).Â BUTTERY. FILLING.Â Well, guess what? Thighs, fear no more.Â You have a friend, un bon ami, in French fare at ici Urban Bistro in the hotel Sofitel Lafayette Square.
General Manager Pierre-Louis Renou shows us some fresh De-Light drinks
“De-Light” has come to our rescue.Â It’s menu whose origins are oui, from France, from Thalassa Sea & Spa to be exact. For our good fortune, we are privy to being exposed to one of the six Sofitel properties who are offering this special menu. It’s called a “low-calorie gastronomy initiative” but before you roll les yeux and think, “not delicious”, consider the fact that this is all about TASTE.Â I mean, come on. It’s the French of whom we speak.Â It’s all in the preparation.Â And, in the presentation.Â This is not about losing flavor and your joie de vivre! It’s about living a longer, happier, healthful life.
The menus of which you may delve into promote balanced nutrition, minus the added fat, sugars, and additives.Â Oh! So UN-American (says she who just ate a Crumbs cupcakes…sigh).Â In fact, these menus for the year that they will be available, will offer options for delicious three-course meals less than 500 (gasp!) calories.
Weight Watchers, what?
Join Executive Chef Olivier Perret in the delightful enjoyment of these menus which are full of fish, crab, beef, chicken, and so much more.Â The desserts are divine, no joke, as we found out at a media luncheon last week.
You can find the De-Light Menu on the regular menu now and for the year.Â Relax, enjoy, and feel… no guilt.
Make your reservation at 202. 730.8800
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.