Chef de Cuisine Mark McDonnell ushers flavorful and familiar tastes to Mandarin Oriental newest restaurant
(Washington, DC) March 23, 2014 – Opening its doors in November of 2013, the all-day dining Muze in the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC takes you out of the mundane and seats you at a table of savory brio.
The restaurant, taking the place of Sou’Wester, is now draped in purples, metals and warm naturals providing intimate views of the Potomac River and presidential deliveries from the Marine One fleet.
The menu is under the direction of Chef Mark McDonnell, formerly of Tom Aikens Restaurant in London and Rouge 24 here in Washington, DC.
Dishes are plated with divergent flatware, feeling casual with its lack of uniformity, but smartly executed to accentuate flavor and color.
Skuna Bay Salmon served with cauliflower, kale, roe and dill rests beautifully on an oversized black plate. The flavors together are artfully nourishing and light but savory. The Braised Black Bean Veal with heirloom carrots, star anise and coriander breaks apart with your fork macerating the rich roasted composition.
Small plates like the Rockfish Tartar with oatmeal and sauce gribiche and the spherical Ham and Cheese Bites with wasabi aioli lets you know that you can have a little fun at dinner. Desserts like the Coconut Tapioca or the Everything Apples are bright and happy, and would pair nicely with a young sparkling wine.
There are so many other classic dishes intelligently reimagined with East Meets West sophistication, it would be my recommendation to exit the congested quarters of Washington and enjoy an intimate dinner at Muze in Southwest Washington, DC.