The sleek Adour is no more, but the new restaurant at the St. Regis Washington D.C. still puts an emphasis on design. Decanter, the new Mediterranean-influenced restaurant within the hotel, opens today downtown. The Rockwell Group is responsible for the look (the same firm recently remade the hotel's lobby and bar). The restaurant's historic ceiling remains. There are multiple dining alcoves with glass spheres suspended from above. Temperature controlled wine vaults are a centerpiece of the dining room. There is room for 60 in the main room and 14 in the semi-private area.
Chef Sébastien Rondier still oversees the menu, along with restaurant director Kerem Kendigelen. Dishes will hail from the South of France, Spain, Turkey and Italy, with a seasonal spin. As the restaurant's name indicates, wine is a focus, with the list designed to complement the chef's various dishes, from calamari burgers to a sustainable Catch of the Day for two. Status: Opening today. 923 16th St NW; website.
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