Nopa Kitchen and Bar –

Nopa Kitchen and Bar

800 F Street NW

 

VH1 and I finally made our way to Nopa last night. Nopa is one of the seven jewels of the Knightsbridge Restaurant Group. The location is prime, right smack in the middle of Penn Quarter next to the Spy Museum replacing the former Zola restaurant.

The interior is updated with warm colors and tone. The bar area is swanky with small tables and a indented cozy area across from the bar.

 

Nopa Kitchen DC

Nopa Kitchen DC

 

Nopa Kitchen DC - Bar

Nopa Kitchen DC – Bar

 

Nopa Kitchen DC - Bar

Nopa Kitchen DC – Bar

 

 

 

Nopa has a great dinner menu and also serves Sunday Brunch with an infinite mimosa option. I definitely plan on checking that out soon. A great idea for upcoming Mother’s Day.

So we arrived early and started with wine at the bar – they have happy hour. The team was great, very down to earth and professional from the bar to the dinning room. It was extremely difficult to make a decision on any of the courses (except dessert). I think you can pretty much throw a dart at this menu and end up happy with your choice.

We bypassed the raw bar, ordered a bottle of the Cabernet and started with Duck Confit and Hamachi Tartare. The Hamachi was accompanied with ginger and wasabi that was whipped so light and heavenly. I’ve really never had anything like it. The duck was great, very tender and moist.

 

Hamachi Tartare, Ginger Vinaigrette - Nopa Kitchen DC

Hamachi Tartare, Ginger Vinaigrette – Nopa Kitchen DC

Choosing the second course was sheer agony but we finally went with the Pork Belly and Luis recommendation of Chilean Sea Bass. The Bass plate included Wasabi Caramel, Japanese Eggplant and Sweet Potato Purée.

Chilean Seabass, Wasabi Caramel, Japanese Eggplant, Sweet Potato Purée - Nopa Kitchen DC

Chilean Seabass, Wasabi Caramel, Japanese Eggplant, Sweet Potato Purée – Nopa Kitchen DC

 

I’ve never had this type of eggplant and frankly can’t remember the last time I saw eggplant of any kind on a menu. The bass texture was very interesting in that it was of course meaty but very tender. Luis mentioned that its brined in some type of vinegar.

The pork belly was sinful but worth it. I hardly needed to chew it because it practically melted in my mouth, almost too good to share! I hear the short ribs are a must so I need to get back to try them soon.

Pork Belly, Persimmon Mustard, Stir Fried Pear, Mustard Greens - Nopa Kitchen DC

Pork Belly, Persimmon Mustard, Stir Fried Pear, Mustard Greens – Nopa Kitchen DC

 

Dessert was a no brainer – red velvet ice cream and Baked Madeleines. Yes for real they have red velvet ice cream with cheese cake. FABULOUS!

 

Vanilla Cheesecake, Devil's Food Cake, Buttermilk Mousse Raspberry Red Velvet Ice Cream - Nopa Kitchen DC

Vanilla Cheesecake, Devil’s Food Cake, Buttermilk Mousse Raspberry Red Velvet Ice Cream – Nopa Kitchen DC

I highly recommend Nopa for the location, team and food. Take the metro red line to Gallery Place. Enjoy!

 

Take a look at my review of Ardeo + Bardeo here.