Annabelle, a 95-seat, fully renovated legendary space from owner Ashok Bajaj, is now open for dinner in the Dupont Circle area in Washington, DC.
Annabelle was designed by James Beard Foundation’s award-nominated restaurant designer Martin Vahtra of Projects Design Associates of New York. It is made up of three different historic buildings.
The perfect balance of old and new, each room sports patterns on patterns, with artwork from Cara Tomlinson, the restaurant interior is contemporary, with a hint of mid-century modern vibe.
Bajaj tapped Frank Ruta as executive chef for his newcomer Annabelle. Ruta’s distinguished career spans over three decades and includes eleven years as executive sous chef at the White House. Prior to joining Annabelle, Ruta served as executive chef at the notable Mirabelle in Washington, D.C.
A sampling of Executive Chef Frank Ruta’s opening menu will include dishes such as Ossetra Caviar with caramelized onion blini, dauphine and melba; Coffee and Cardamom Cured Fluke with eggplant purée, picked eggplant and puffed rice; Consommé Célestine with pheasant royale, crepe, truffle and tapioca pearls; Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Ravioli with spinach coulis, demi-sec piennolo tomato; Hand Cut Whole Wheat Pasta with confit duck, turnip and truffle; Snake River Farms American Wagyu Beef, aged in the Annabelle cellar and served with bearnaise and daily market harvest vegetables; Gilson Martin Ranch Lamb with celery leaf oil and red pepper gastrique, as well as Maine Diver Scallops Meuniere Style with Chanterelle mushrooms, parsley purée, roasted Marconi peppers and yuzo kosho.
Bar and Wine
The 10-seat peninsula bar, reminiscent of an art deco club called Bar Barlow, will have a whimsical menu showcasing the Barlow-Burger, Chicken Pot Pie, and a “Good & Bad” Snack Plate of crudités, steak fries and onion rings.
Over 150 wines are available with prices ranging from $50 to $300 per bottle. 15 wines are also available by the glass, with prices ranging from $12 to $20. The corkage fee is $35 per bottle with a two-bottle minimum. A rotating list of classic cocktails is also available and spotlight local spirits, tonics and sodas.
Annabelle. Address: 2132 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008. Phone: (202) 916-5675. Opens for dinner at 5:30 pm.