Ba Bay Opens (Softly) Today

Courtesy of Ba Bay

It may only have 49 tables and not take reservations, but it might just be worth your while to head over to Ba Bay this week to test out the new restaurant during their soft opening. Located in the former Locanda space on Pennsylvania Ave. on Capitol Hill, Ba Bay is a “modern Vietnamese” restaurant that serves traditional Vietnamese fare with a splash of Western influence.

Owned by cousins Khoa and Denise Nguyen, the restaurant (which translates to “Madame Seven”) is not only named after their grandmother, but also pays tribute to the food she cooked. Chef Nick Sharpe, formerly of Sonoma, has designed a menu that is meant to be shared. Diners should expect dishes such as a Vietnamese charcuterie plate, a classic bowl of pho, and Braised Chicken in Caramel Sauce with Oysters.

The soft opening will start today and run for about a week, and is open for both lunch and dinner (but closed on Mondays).

Ashley Messick

Ashley is a born and bred Washingtonian who left for college but came running back to the District as fast as her little legs could carry her. By day she is a Capitol Hill brat, but by night she is a lean, mean, eating machine. It’s her goal in life to steal Anthony Bourdain’s job…by whatever means necessary. Contact her at Ashley (at) welovedc (dot) com or follow her on Twitter.

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