Proprietor and jewellery designer Dino Lonzano introduced his love of watches to the design of The Setting. Photograph courtesy setting.

Initially of the pandemic, cooks Kiran Saund and Jon Snyder created what positive eating ought to appear to be for the takeout period with their luxe tasting containers, which they initially offered completely through Instagram. Now, the Saund & Snyder couple—she’s a minibar alum and he or she’s a sommelier who additionally has a culinary arts diploma—are opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant. And they’re once more taking a distinct strategy to high-end delicacies, this time with a tasting menu made completely of finger meals. “You could not get a spoon should you requested for one,” Snyder says.

The restaurant, which opens in November, is a partnership with Market Road Diamonds proprietor and jewellery designer Dino Lonzano and can be positioned within the Georgetown store’s basement cellar—therefore the jewelry-inspired title: The Setting. Lonzano is a first-time restaurateur, however as he tells it, he was impressed to open his place in 2019 after an quaint and disappointing outing for caviar: “I believed, we will do that higher.” She was launched to the cooks by way of Saund’s sister, who designed her engagement ring at her store and casually talked about her rising culinary enterprise.

The 30-seat lounge with a pink banquette and a bar has infinity mirror flooring—”the identical mirrors they promote Lamborghini for,” says Saund. The ceiling is roofed in photographs of clock faces. “Dino is a watch man. He loves Rolex,” explains Snyder. (He additionally has his personal army watch assortment.)

Hokkaido Uni, Winter Watermelon, and Shiso. Photograph courtesy Saund & Snyder.

Snyder and Saund are placing collectively a 10-course menu for what they describe as “taste bomb” snacks, made utilizing a number of luxurious elements (sure, together with caviar). One course combines Hokkaido sea urchins with winter melon and shiso. One other dish contains golden potato fritters with fromage blanc and preserved chanterelles. The slanted A5 Wagyu, paired with leeks and horseradish, can be like tableside. For dessert, the chef would serve the macarons that have been a staple inside their supply containers.

“The area is basically funky, it’s whimsical. And we needed one thing edgy that wasn’t essentially being achieved,” Snyder says of the choice to desert the pots. Have been Impressed by Love. The value tag, nevertheless, is actually positive eating: $140 per individual, not together with tax and tip.

Bartender Nick Hopkins, who beforehand labored at Summer season Home Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria, is behind the cocktails, which can be accessible la carte or as a pairing with tasting menus. Twists on the classics will spotlight contemporary juices, infusions, and some different experiments.

Reservations from early November to mid-November will go dwell from October 22.

Settings. 2512 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 202-558.-6330.

Jessica Sidman

meals editor

Jessica Sidman covers the individuals and tendencies behind DC’s foodie scene. earlier than becoming a member of Washingtonian In July 2016, she was meals editor and Younger and Hungry columnist on the Washington Metropolis Paper. She is a local of Colorado and a graduate of the College of Pennsylvania.

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