Visitors to Ahso, the debut restaurant newly minted restaurateur Jason Maddens has placed in Brambleton Town Center, should count on seeing local ingredients and carefully selected pours cross their table — but never a suggestion to slip staff a little something extra.
“Our prices include the tip,” the menu at this modern American eatery specifies in big bold letters.
An alum of fine-dining establishments including Central and 2941, Maddens was most recently attached to critically acclaimed Clarity in neighboring Vienna, Va. It was there that he began working more with wine, a fascination reflected by the name — the old school dual-pronged wine openers sommeliers used to carry around are called Ah-Sos — of his first solo venture.
Featured selections on the opening menu include cold-smoked oysters with yuzu mignonette ($18); rabbit porchetta glazed with cabernet franc ($18); vegetarian-friendly spaghetti squash with tomato bisque and lentil meatballs ($19); lamb with caramelized Brussels sprouts ($25); gluten-free apple skillet cake with caramel ice cream ($9); and blood orange panna cotta with almond brittle ($9).
Staff tell Eater that walk-ins are welcome anytime, but say reservations are recommended for larger groups.
The restaurant is projected to operate from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday through Saturday, and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Status: Certified open. 22855 Brambleton Plaza #108, Brambleton, Va.; website.
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