Chef de Cuisine Justin Houghtaling created a menu for the AMITY & COMMERCE restaurant that contemporizes classic bistro fare at the Mandarin Oriental DC.
From braised veal cheeks, tamarin glazed angus short rib, to white stew of braised veal en croute, each dish features appealing ingredients with savory results.
Executive Pastry Chef Claus Olsen brings his international expertise and creativity to the gourmet breakfast pastry selection and a dessert menu that boasts Panna Cotta Raspberry Verrine, Rustic Apricot Custard Tart, and Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake.
“Washington, D.C.’s culinary scene has greatly transformed since we opened over 15 years ago”, said Adriaan Radder, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. “We wanted to provide our guests, neighbors, and D.C. residents with an accessible modern American Bistro experience and the genuine hospitality you can only get at Mandarin Oriental.”
The restaurant is an inviting space that sets a vibrant tone with a variety of seating options ideal for conversing with friends and colleagues. An open kitchen adds to the festive atmosphere. Diners may choose to enjoy a seat at the 20’ wood-topped COMMERCE bar, one of the multiple communal tables, a standalone table in the AMITY dining room, or, weather permitting, on the adjacent patio.
The Bistro’s name, AMITY & COMMERCE, was inspired by a bit of American history. Given the hotel’s close proximity to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the name pays homage to one of Jefferson’s most significant acts: the 1778 Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United States and France which formalized a friendly alliance between the two nations.
The phrase AMITY & COMMERCE captures the spirit of the treaty with the bistro serving as a location to gather for friendly interactions for business and cultural exchange.
AMITY & COMMERCE. Located in the Mandarin Oriental. Address: 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024. Phone: (202) 554-8588.