Best New Restaurant – Darcy Hotel’s Gerrard Street Kitchen – World Cuisine with London in Mind

With a nod to London’s eclectic West End neighborhood, The Darcy Hotel has opened Gerrard Street Kitchen. Orchestrated by the classically trained and gastronomically curious Executive Chef Jaime Velasquez, Gerrard Street Kitchen’s menu features a curated blend of global cuisines where the complex flavors of Japan, Morocco, and South Asia sit side by side with British and Indian culinary fare.

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The Gerrard Street Kitchen menu features appetizers that include Paratha Tacos (a table favorite) and Thai Eggplant Jenga. Signature entrées include Chicken Tajine, Beef Wellington (amazing!), and Robata Lamb Mishkaki, with a number of dishes completed at diners’ tables for a shareable and interactive experience; the Bibimbap with Hamachi sizzles as it cooks in pottery that has been heated over an open flame as the server combines the rice, egg, and Gochujang sauce.

The restaurant serves breakfast daily and begins an extensive Saturday and Sunday brunch service with a bottomless Bloody Mary bar on Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Executive Chef Jaime Velasquez. Tuna Takitaki. Photos by Greg Powers.

“Guests are getting a world tour with their dining experience at Gerrard Street Kitchen, as we pay homage to a variety of regional cuisines,” shares Chef Jaime. “Our creations elevate the authentic street-style foods of countries such as Japan, Korea, and India. We’re proud of our attention to detail and the research we’ve done while visiting these countries.”

No meal is complete without an exquisite dessert, such as Pear William, Blueberry & Yuzu Tart, or a chocolatey Duo Crème Brûlée, as Pastry Chef Marionela Tirsina explains: “I am bringing memories of my childhood and traveling throughout Eastern Europe to my dessert creations. They are also inspired by the flavors of the season. The Apple Tart Tatin, which is currently on the menu and served warm with homemade brown butter ice cream, is perfect for the fall and winter.”

The 43 Cocktail and the Slice of Heaven. Photos by Greg Powers.

Gerrard Street Kitchen’s décor is a nod to the literary clubs and jazz hangouts of early 20th century London. Atlanta-based BLUR Workshop has created a sophisticated and comfortable neighborhood vibe, with a neutral palette of deep mango and beige providing a fitting backdrop for the wood and brass accents throughout the space. The black and white artwork is inspired by the arguably notorious residents of 1920s Gerrard Street, and mirrored gilded-glass columns enhance the art deco feel.

Gerrard Street Kitchen. Located in The Darcy. Address: 1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (202) 232-7000.

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