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Sneak Peek at Opaline Bar & Brasserie

Opaline Bar & Brasserie debuts new look, new menu, new chef.

On the rarest of days, 80 degrees in February, guests were already enjoying cocktails on the terrace when The Georgetown Dish had a special sneak peek at the 'new' Opaline Bar & Brasserie.

Area Director for Public Relations, Diana Bulger and General Manager, Karla Erales welcomed guests into the redesigned bar area and introduced new Executive Chef Kevin Lalli.

Executive Chef Kevin Lalli
Executive Chef Kevin Lalli  Photo by Judith Beermann

With a lavish 8 course tasting menu, Chef Lalli had a chance to showcase his stellar talents, previewing the restaurant's new French-inspired menu which will be served starting March 6, 2023.

The VIP tasting menu was paired with Domaine Laurent Tripoz, Pouilly-Loché, 2020 and 'cousin' Domaine Bernard Rion, Chorey-lès-Beaune, 2020 and with dessert, Fonseca 10 Year Tawny Port.

Domaine Laurent Tripoz, Pouilly-Loché, 2020   Photo by Judith Beermann

Of course, every course was splendid, elegantly served with grace and a dash of panache! 

Scallop Crudo  Photo by Judith Beermann

Scallop Crudo with pineapple, Fresno pepper, smoked trout roe

Tuna Tartare with smoked crème fraîche, Fresno pepper, puffed rice

Beets & Bûcheron  Photo by Judith Beermann

Beets & Bûcheron with heirloom apple, pistachio, pickled onion, cider vinaigrette

Butternut Squash Agnolotti with pancetta, pomegranate, safe brown butter

Branzion Almondine  Photo by Judith Beermann

Branzino Almondine with haricorts verts, lemon, brown butter

Duck à l'Orange with cauliflower, baby carrot, cipollini onion

Steak au Poivre  Photo by Judith Beermann

Steak au Poivre with black pepper crusted NY strip, roasted garlic spinach, cognac cream

Dame Blanche
Dame Blanche  Photo by Judith Beermann

Dame Blanche with vanilla gelato, hot fudge, piroette

Karla Erales welcoming guests    Photo by Judith Beermann

Opaline Bar & Brasserie is located at 806 15th St NW.