Gerrard Street Kitchen Comes to DC's Downtown Dining Scene

Gerrard Street Kitchen Comes to DC's Downtown Dining Scene

January 30, 2020 by

Michael McCarthy Michael McCarthy

Let’s simply call him a double threat: Chef Jaime Velasquez boasts both a food pedigree and deep DC roots, which makes the opening of Gerrard Street Kitchen—where Velasquez will preside—a welcome addition to the downtown dining scene. The classically trained chef’s career has spanned more than 35 years in the District, as he’s worked for venerable figures like Michel Richard at Citronelle. With Gerrard Street, located inside the 226-room The Darcy hotel at Dupont Circle, the design team at BLUR Workshop offers a nod to early 20th century London with a space featuring literary and jazz allusions in a neighborhood vibe. Black-and-white art adorns the walls, and a large communal table graced by a Lazy Susan offers a chance to break bread with other adventurous gourmands. Patrons also will find a chef’s table, comfy banquets and a marble-topped cocktail bar running the length of the restaurant. The menu includes South Asian- and British-inspired dishes, including hamachi mariachi (sliced hamachi, with cilantro puree, sliced jalapeño and roasted garlic ponzu), tuna tataki, chicken tajine (Moroccan-spiced chicken breast, roasted vegetables, saffron couscous) and bibimbap with hamachi (Japanese rice, edamame, mushrooms, bean sprouts, julienne vegetables and scallions, topped with a sunny-side-up egg and gochujang sauce). It’s a menu that will allow Velasquez to show off his considerable talent for years to come. 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202.232.7000, thedarcyhotel.com













Gerrard Street Kitchen Comes to DC's Downtown Dining Scene

January 30, 2020 by Michael McCarthy

Let’s simply call him a double threat: Chef Jaime Velasquez boasts both a food pedigree and deep DC roots, which makes the opening of Gerrard Street Kitchen—where Velasquez will preside—a welcome addition to the downtown dining scene. The classically trained chef’s career has spanned more than 35 years in the District, as he’s worked for venerable figures like Michel Richard at Citronelle. With Gerrard Street, located inside the 226-room The Darcy hotel at Dupont Circle, the design team at BLUR Workshop offers a nod to early 20th century London with a space featuring literary and jazz allusions in a neighborhood vibe. Black-and-white art adorns the walls, and a large communal table graced by a Lazy Susan offers a chance to break bread with other adventurous gourmands. Patrons also will find a chef’s table, comfy banquets and a marble-topped cocktail bar running the length of the restaurant. The menu includes South Asian- and British-inspired dishes, including hamachi mariachi (sliced hamachi, with cilantro puree, sliced jalapeño and roasted garlic ponzu), tuna tataki, chicken tajine (Moroccan-spiced chicken breast, roasted vegetables, saffron couscous) and bibimbap with hamachi (Japanese rice, edamame, mushrooms, bean sprouts, julienne vegetables and scallions, topped with a sunny-side-up egg and gochujang sauce). It’s a menu that will allow Velasquez to show off his considerable talent for years to come. 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202.232.7000, thedarcyhotel.com