I am back with another with another installment in my Dinner Club series! As I’ve mentioned here before, this online series was inspired by my real life dinner club where me and my friends, Julie and Taylor, try new-to-us restaurants once a month on a Friday night. We usually pick splurge places, and it’s a night I look forward to all month. We take turn picking the restaurant, and for October, Julie picked Seven Reasons, which we were all thrilled about since Tom Sietsema from The Washington Post named it as the number one restaurant in his fall dining guide.
Located on 14th Street NW just below where it insects with Florida Avenue, Chef Enrique Limardo creates Latin-inspired dishes that are super unique and offer all sorts of unexpected flavor and texture pairings. If you’re looking for familiar food, this is definitely not your place—but if you’re willing to eat adventurously, I think you’ll really love it. I would definitely recommend grabbing a reservation before heading in. We went at 8:30pm on a Friday night and it was packed—even the bar was at capacity. The atmosphere of the restaurant was great—diners were sat across three levels, and they had Spanish music playing all night.
Like we do at most dinner clubs, we ate family style so we could try more dishes. Their menu is here, though they do change it frequently, so it might be different when you go. To start, we ordered the yuca fries and cheese arepitas, we followed with the tuna tartare, tostada, and butternut squash cacao tart. We didn’t stop there, though, and ordered the royal sea bass ceviche, potato fondant, cctopus & mondongo, and wagyu carpaccio. Everything was delicious, but the two dishes I’d recommend you must get are the wagyu carpaccio and the potato fondant. Both were out of this world good!
The table next to us ordered a dessert that they poured liquid nitrogen on top of and it was stunning—what’s better marketing than that?!—so, of course, we had to order it, too. And y’all it was delicious! It’s the coconut delirious, and made with coconut custard, coconut ice cream, lemon jelly, chocolate sphere, and white chocolate truffle.
This would be the perfect special occasion or treat-yourself restaurant!