Posts Tagged ‘minibar’

A Look at What Minibar’s Staff Eats for Family Meal

Diners aren’t the only ones who eat well at Minibar. The staff of José Andrés’ avant-garde restaurant get pretty extravagant when it comes to its own daily “family” meals. Typically, the kitchen’s four-person morning team, which gets in at 7 a.m., creates a menu for its peers while prepping for the evening dinner service. Every […]

Cost and Found: Trendy Restaurants Fight for the Best Junk

Those metal shade light fixtures above the bar? They’re jet engine noses, Jeff Black points out on a tour of his new Takoma Park restaurant Republic. Reclaimed Victorian sofas were refurbished in red velvet and connected to create a long banquette, while doors salvaged from Buenos Aires and found in New Jersey partition off the […]

Minibar Prices Year By Year

The most expensive restaurant in Washington has raised its price again. A 25-plus course meal at José Andrés’ Minibar now costs $250 excluding tax, tip, and drink pairings, which can soar to an additional $200. That’s nearly four times the price in 2003, when Minibar opened with six counter seats on the third floor of […]

The 10 Wackiest Repurposed Items in Restaurant Decor

Reclaimed barnwood? Psh. Restaurants have been using that for years now. But designers of many new eating and drinking establishments are finding plenty of other repurposed items to integrate into the decor. Behold, some of the most ridiculous, and occasionally awesome, recycled light fixtures, stools, purse hooks, and more. Tractor seat stools at Southern Efficiency: Windows and […]

The Most Expensive New Years Eve Reservation in D.C.? Minibar.

Thought Minibar couldn't get any pricier? Wrong. Reservations for New Years Eve will cost $275 per person for the 6 p.m. seating and $350 for the 9 p.m. seating—excluding tax and tip. (Normally, Minibar charges $225 per person. Alcoholic drink pairings—$75 to $200—are extra.) Guests can snag the six seats at José's Table, the even […]

Minibar Adds a New $3,000 Dinner Option

As if Minibar wasn't exclusive and expensive enough, José's Andrés's 12-seat avant-garde restaurant is now adding an even more exclusive private dining room called José's Table. (The former restaurant inside a restaurant has a new restaurant inside it—meta, we know.) The table costs $3,000 for up to six people. The price is the same whether you have one person or six. José's […]

Soup Dreams: Daikaya Chef Katsuya Fukushima Trades High-End Molecular Gastronomy for Traditional Ramen

Chef Katsuya Fukushima made a career in cutting-edge cuisine, experimenting with spherification, foams, smoke—even meat-flavored chewing gum. He helped José Andrés open the original six-seat Minibar, where he was chef de cuisine, and he cooked for eight months at El Bulli in Spain, a former Mecca for molecular gastronomy. Fukushima also had a heavy hand […]

José Andrés to Open Cocktail Lab Called Barmini

José Andrés' secret is out: The restaurateur is opening a 23-seat "cocktail lab" next to minibar called barmini, featuring avant-garde libations, antique glassware, and ice carved exclusively by handsaw. It opens Feb. 15. The seasonal menu, broken down by spirit, will include more than 100 cocktails. Expect plenty of modernist techniques and ingredients, including "airs" […]

The Mysterious World of Minibar

José Andrés' new and improved Minibar may be officially open, but unless you can snag one of the highly coveted reservations, what's inside is still somewhat of a mystery. ThinkFoodGroup sent out a press release with limited details and a porthole-sized glimpse of the Gaudi-esque decor and avant-garde cuisine last week. The rest, it wants diners […]

Minibar Opening Delayed Until Next Week

The highly anticipated opening of José Andrés' new and improved Minibar is the latest victim of Hurricane Sandy. ThinkFoodGroup Senior Communications Manager Maru Valdes tells Y&H the first seatings will now take place on Nov. 7, instead of Nov. 2. She explains that government closings due to the storm caused delays in final inspections and permitting. That […]

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