This November, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC brings the best of classic American cuisine paired with an international flair to D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront with AMITY & COMMERCE an American Bistro and Bar.
AMITY & COMMERCE Chef de Cuisine Justin Houghtaling has created a menu that offers a contemporary twist on classic bistro fare. From Braised Veal Cheeks, Tamarind Glazed Angus Short Rib, to a white stew of Braised Veal en Croute, each dish features appealing ingredients with savory results. Curated signature dishes rotate daily to complement delicious modern mainstays on a menu that feels both bold and familiar.
Executive Pastry Chef Claus Olsen brings his international expertise and creativity to the gourmet breakfast pastry selection and a dessert menu that boasts Panna Cotta Raspberry Verrine, Rustic Apricot Custard Tart, and Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake.
“Washington, D.C.’s culinary scene has greatly transformed since we opened over 15 years ago”, said Adriaan Radder, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. “We wanted to provide our guests, neighbors, and D.C. residents with an accessible modern American Bistro experience and the genuine hospitality that Mandarin Oriental is renowned for.”
AMITY & COMMERCE is an inviting space that sets a vibrant tone with a variety of seating options ideal for conversing with friends and colleagues. An open kitchen adds to the festive atmosphere. Diners may choose to enjoy a seat at the 20’ wood-topped COMMERCE bar, one of the multiple communal tables, a standalone table in the AMITY dining room, or, weather permitting, on the adjacent patio.
The Bistro’s name, AMITY & COMMERCE, was inspired by a bit of American history. Given the hotel’s proximity to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the name pays homage to one of Jefferson’s most significant acts: the 1778 Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United
States and France which formalized a friendly alliance between the two nations. The phrase AMITY & COMMERCE captures the spirit of the treaty with the bistro serving as a location to gather for friendly interactions for business and cultural exchange.
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