It’s that time of year when you have family visiting for the holidays, friends coming for New Year’s, and days off of work. In other words, many occasions for a fancy meal. Well, look no further than Westend Bistro, a super fabulous American-centric bistro located at the Ritz Carlton in the West End neighborhood.
I recently had the opportunity to sample the cuisine at Westend Bistro and was blown away. Chef Alvin Dela Cruz has taken over the kitchen and introduced some spectacularly fabulous dishes. His menu will change with the seasons, so right now he is featuring dishes that highlight the best of winter produce.
Brunch at Westend Bistro
We experienced Westend Bistro for Sunday brunch, which includes jazz music, mimosas, and hearty brunch fare, perfect for enjoying while people watching through the huge windows facing 22nd Street. Highlights of the brunch menu currently include a gorgeous pumpkin soup, made with three different kinds of squash, and garnished with crème fraiche. It is silky and smooth, sweet and savory, the ultimate bowl of comfort as the weather outside cools down. With it, we enjoyed warm cornbread madeleines, served with a bright blueberry and tarragon jam.
Next, we treated ourselves to French toast sticks, which are crispy, decadent hunks of French toast topped with a sweet berry compote. Then, the ultimate dish: the most decadent khachapuri I have ever tried. Chef Alvin loves to travel, and this is one of the gems he brought back from Russia. Bread is topped with loads of cheese and an egg, which is cooked by the hot melted cheese. Here, he uses puffed pastry as the base and tops the whole thing with shaved truffles, making it sinfully delicious. It is one of the best brunch dishes I have ever had the opportunity to sample.
You may be stuffed to the gills, but make room for dessert: fried cubes of brioche with gelato and strawberries will satisfy any sweet tooth.
The Verdict: This fabulous brunch at Westend Bistro is one you need to check out immediately! Its fancy, fun, and full of tasty bites.
Westend Bistro, The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., 1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC, Website