José Andrés: King of Penn Quarter? The chef is going to open China Chilcano in the long-vacant Olsson's Bookstore space (where Wagamama was previously planned), according to The Washington Post. If the name rings a bell, that's because the restaurant is going to be similar to China Poblano, the chef's Mexican and Chinese restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurant makes three Andrés on one block, including Oyamel and Jaleo (Barmini isn't far, either).
According to the report, the restaurant will open sometime in the spring of 2014. China Chilcano will celebrate the Chifa cuisine of Peru, which emphasizes Chinese ingredients. The menu will be a mix of such dishes as ceviche, fried rice and dumplings. The name for the restaurant is tentative at the moment.
Update: The Andrés: team just sent out a press release with more information about the new venture. The restaurant will also serve dim sum dishes and Peruvian causas (a style of potato salad). The name is a reference to the chilcano, one of Peru's traditional cocktails. "Peru is an astonishing country. The people and the culture reveal so many traditions. The history with China is fascinating and the Chifa cuisine so unique," the chef said in a statement. "I want to tell the world about this incredible country and the many things it has to offer. What better place, what better home than here in the heart of D.C., right near Chinatown and surrounded by our family of restaurants."
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