901’s motto, “Sexy. Sophisticated. Sharing.” had me a bit–how do I put it–standoffish, because sometimes you just want Simple. Straightforward. So mine. But last week, the Penn Quarter restaurant debuted their entirely new, revamped menu. One that actually matches the concept. Previously, the menu was haphazard and inspired by: all over the place. But the restaurant owners acknowledged their shortcomings and refocused the food, creating a brand new menu meant to be shared, and with a decidedly Asian flare.
The first three adjectives that come to mind when describing 901 Restaurant and Bar? Elegant, chic and modern. The building looks (and is) brand new with its dark red brick. On the inside you have clean lines, dim lighting, and different “sections” named after neighborhoods in DC for the dining area and private dining rooms.
The first point won here came from the hostess, who was very friendly and welcoming in her greeting. Too often I feel like I have to track someone down for attention…not at all the case 901.
The cocktail list is quite creative, or at least the names are. My two favorites are the Pinapple Mojito, which bills itself as “fruity without being Frou-Frou”
(Parrot Bay Pineapple Rum & Pineapple Juice, lime sugar & mint), and Bang, which comes with Belvedere Vodka, Chambord, Champagne & raspberries.