First Look: Oval Room Reopens Today Following $1M Renovation, Menu OverhaulBy Rina Rapuano | August 4, 2014 By Rina Rapuano | August 4, 2014
After nearly 20 years of serving guests near the White House, The Oval Room has undergone a major monthlong renovation and reopened today sporting its new look and some menu changes, as well. Other changes include new patio furniture, newly appointed sommelier Alek Milford and the movement of general manager Simon Stilwell from Rasika to The Oval Room.
Executive chef Tony Conte will now offer a $60 four-course dinner ($90 with wine pairings) and a $20 bar-only lunch special that includes a select drink, an entrée and a sorbet in addition to the a la carte options. According to restaurateur Ashok Bajaj, whose Knightsbridge Restaurant Group also owns 701 Restaurant and NoPa Kitchen + Bar, among many others, diners can still expect to taste Conte's point of view even though the menu direction has changed.
“Guests will enjoy an inventive menu that Tony has been working on for the last six months," says Bajaj. "The cooking technique is the same, but his dishes will be simpler and lighter.”
Click through the slideshow below to see the new digs and a few of the new dishes.
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