Award-winning DC chef and restaurateur Victor Albisu announces a June 19, 2018 opening for Poca Madre, his high-end, contemporary Mexican restaurant adjacent to the Chinatown location of his wildly popular taqueria, Taco Bamba.
Albisu has conceived a menu that is all about the details, like tortillas made from scratch with nixtamalized masa hand-ground on a traditional metate. Albisu and his team are procuring rare ingredients, like heirloom Mexican corn, Pasilla de Oaxaca chilies and directly sourced (not canned) huitlacoche. Other examples of Poca Madre’s contemporary-traditional alchemy include a dish of crispy octopus served with a mole blanco and ink pepper jam, as well as a black cod aguachile with green tomato dressed with avocado-yuzu.
The drinks list, created by beverage director Amin Seddiq and service director Michael Iglesias, includes a tightly focused selection of New and Old World wines alongside an ambitious, modern-leaning cocktail menu with a strong emphasis on agave spirits.
Albisu worked closely with local firm Swatchroom to transform the space. A piece of original art by local photographer Dominique Fierro overlooks the rear of the dining room and presents a progressive take on Frida Kahlo’s signature look.
Poca Madre. 777 I (Eye) Street NW, 20001. (202) 838-5300.
*’Hamachi Ceviche’ and interior bar photography courtesy of Greg Powers.