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Inside Hazel, Where It's All About the Duck

It's the newest Neighborhood Restaurant Group restaurant in Shaw

It's opening day for Hazel, the newest restaurant from Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Iron Gate, Bluejacket).

Chef Rob Rubba, formerly of Tallula, oversees the 38-seat restaurant, designed by Catherine Hailey Design, which also has a 16-seat bar and a 38-seat patio. The restaurant is mostly shared plates, with dishes like crispy chickpea tofu and a hamachi crudo with crispy rice. But there are also two "Lazy Susan" tasting menus — one is inspired by Peking-style duck, and the other is centered around the chef's favorite dishes. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego wil serve dishes like a black sesame panna cotta. As usual, beverages from directors Brent Kroll and Greg Engert are a focus, with both beer and wine offerings having a global slant. Peter Koll designed the cocktail menu into the categories "delicate" and "complex."

Hazel, 808 V St. NW, website

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