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Restaurant Rumblings: Bandoola Bowl, Seven Reasons and new spring menus

The D.C. food scene is constantly evolving, and it can be hard for even the biggest food fan to keep up. Restaurant Rumblings is here to get you up to speed on the latest bar and restaurant news, from hot openings to exciting new menus.

Openings:

Bandoola Bowl
(1069 Wisconsin Ave. NW)

Flavors of Burma and the surrounding countries of Southeast Asian shine brightly at Bandoola Bowl, a new fast-casual salad shop in Georgetown. Owner Aung Myint has decades of hospitality experience, including opening Mandalay in Silver Spring in 2004. Salads highlight ingredients like ginger, mango and broccoli and start priced at $10 to $13. Each is built on a base of sliced or chopped vegetables along with an assortment of crispy toppings (fried shallots, chopped peanuts, etc), fruits and optional proteins like shrimp, tofu or chicken.

Cane
(403 H St. NE)

Chef Peter Prime (Spark at Engine 12) has injected his Trinidadian background into this H St. spot, serving street food and hearty plates inspired by the Caribbean. Start a meal with cumin-spiced pork belly or 12-hour marinated jerk chicken wings. Entrees include pepperpot stew with oxtail, brisket and tendon and a deep-fried whole snapper served with coconut lime rice. There's a selection of chutneys and sauces to pair with the food, and the bar features plenty of rums, tropical cocktails and juices to complete the experience.

Seven Reasons
(2208 14th St. NW)

One of Baltimore's top chefs has come south to D.C., bringing with him his creative take on Latin American cuisine. Enrique Limardo's menu is fittingly divided into seven sections including small, medium and large plates designed for maximum dining flexibility. Among the dishes is a ravioli take on traditional Venezuelan fish stew lasagna, lobster ceviche, and a shareable cut of wagyu beef. Cocktails draw on South and Central American spirits like tequila, pisco, rum and cachaca. Expect the menu to change regularly with the seasons and what's available.

Queen's English
(3410 11th St. NW)

Soak in the Hong Kong vibes at the cozy and modern Park View hangout. The kitchen serves a small menu of Chinese fare ranging from daikon fritters to twice cooked lamb rib and crispy rice with shrimp. The no-reservations restaurant also has an extensive beverage list, including red, white, and rosé wines along with ciders and cocktails.

New on the menu:

Diners at Kingbird (2650 Virginia Ave. NW) are now transported to the French Riviera and its fresh, Mediterranean style. Chef Sebastien Gianni embraces his French heritage with elegant plates of tuna tartare with lemon preserves; eggplant "caviar" with olive oil, goat cheese and fresh basil; burrata with asparagus and a selection of other shareable appetizers. The main attraction revolves around grilled meats and fishes – try the lamb chops or the bone-in halibut – paired with a la carte savory sauces and sides like potato puree with poached egg or a simple arugula salad with aged Parmigiano cheese.

Brunch is getting a fresh look at Central (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), including an expanded $15 bottomless drink special. Selections include bellinis, bloody marys and screwdrivers as well limoncello and elderflower twists on mimosas. There are also five options for eggs Benedict, whether its the crab cake-topped variation or the vegetarian-friendly order with grilled avocado, sauteed baby spinach and salsa fresco. Those looking to chase away a hangover will appreciate the 30-Day dry-aged beef patty melt topped with bacon and a three cheese blend. The menu is available a la carte or as a $28 three-course option.

Spring is in full swing with the updated dishes at City Winery (1350 Okie St. NE) in Ivy City. Grab a glass of pinot noir or rosé and dig into crispy shrimp with a roasted corn salad or a smoked pork belly on a bed of mint pea pureé and cabbage slaw. And save room for the olive oil cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.


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