Photo by Janet Donovan
Princess Galila Selassie and Kevin Chaffee
Princess Galila Selassie and Kevin Chaffee

We’re not sure which we liked better – the insanely addictive tuna tartare at the Alhambra Restaurant VIP debut at the St. Regis with Chef Sebastien Giannini at the helm, or the parting gift for carb starved guests – a loaf of Mediterranean inspired fig and walnut bread from an exclusive partnership that’s been established with Boulangerie Christophe, a local baker from the South of France, that will be served exclusively in Alhambra.

Guests wandered between the bar, the ‘back room’ and the kitchen of the Washington, DC downtown restaurant nestled within the St. Regis Hotel. “First impressions count and our reborn restaurant Alhambra’s sampling menu of Mediterranean with French influence gave our opening party guests a tease of what to expect from Chef Giannini’s finely crafted menu,” said general manager Joseph Mattioli. “It was a great evening welcoming over 300 guests to DC’s newest culinary experience.” Check.