It’s tomato season and a trio of Ashok Bajaj’s D.C. restaurants are celebrating by showcasing this popular fruit/vegetable in special dishes through August 12. While the tomato is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes and is rich in lycopene, which may have beneficial health effects.
701 Restaurant, nopa Kitchen + Bar, and The Oval Room are featuring three-course menus with choices of appetizers, entrées, and desserts. All are priced at $50 dollars per person (tax and gratuity not included). Here are the details:
Nopa Pan Roasted True North Salmon
nopa Kitchen + Bar
800 F Street, NW
Located in the heart of Penn Quarter, Executive Chef Matt Kuhn’s menu features starters such as Watermelon & Tomato Gazpacho with Fresno chili labneh, agrumato and pickled watermelon rind; Deviled Eggs ‘Pan Con Tomate’ with tomato mousse, espelette, basil breadcrumbs and smoked trout roe, and the Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio with jamon serrano, roasted peach, tomato-buttermilk aioli, nasturtiums and castelvetrano olives. The second course includes choices of Tomato Gnocchi with Maryland blue crab, Calabrian chili, garlic scapes and bottarga; Pan Roasted True North Salmon with tomato salsa cruda, local squashes, charred corn purée and lemon basil emulsion, as well as Roseda Farms NY Strip ‘Surf & Turf’ with squid ink potato purée, herbed jobs tears, tomato vierge and lobster mousse.Dessert is a choice of Tomato & Peach Tart with buttermilk ice cream, honey-roasted pine nuts and mint, or the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with oatmeal crust, tomato-strawberry compote and basil gel.
701 Tomato Tartine
701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Executive Chef Lincoln Fuge will be featuring appetizers such as Tomato Tartine with avocado smash, heirloom tomato and corn salad or Heirloom Salad with baguette, goat cheese, ice wine and tomato leather. For the entrée course, guests will enjoy Berkshire Pork with tomato risotto, squash blossom and haricot verts; Black Olive Ravioli with goat cheese, yellow tomato and parmesan or Ahi Tuna with corn panna cotta, patty pan and cherry heirloom. Dessert at 701 will feature Caramel & Corn with brioche, salted caramel and corn ice cream along with an assortment of seasonal house-spun ice creams and sorbets. 701 will be offering a similar tomato menu priced at $27 exclusively during lunch service.
Oval Room Tomato & St. Alban Ravioli
The Oval Room
800 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello will be featuring appetizers such as Chilled Golden Tomato Soup with smoked bream rillette, crème fraiche, tarragon and croutons; Baby Heirloom Tomato Salad with brioche, balsamic Villa Manodori, gorgonzola and arugula; Country Fried Preserved Tomatoes with Fresno chili, garlic, herb salad and whey espuma. For entrées, guests can look forward to Acquerello Rice with green tomato croutons, heirloom tomato relish and olio verde suds; Tomato & St. Alban Ravioli with crisps, sorrel and toasted brioche sauce; Atlantic Salmon with tomato confit, pickled ramps, Virginia ham and sauce choron, as well as Flat Iron Steak with green tomato chimichurri, heirloom tomato glaze, char, onion and panise.For a sweet ending, once can choose from the Tomato with sorbet, gelée, fennel marmalade and pollen pizzella, or the Ricotta Cheesecake with golden tomato relish and candied pine nuts.
Top photo: 701 Heirloom Salad