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Panache, Mediterranean-Continental Fusion on DeSales Street in South Dupont, Once Also in Tysons Corner - Closed


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'CrescentFresh said:

For tapas?  Jaleo.  Hands down.  Don't waste your time elsewhere.  There are many restaurants that serve "small plates" as they say these days, but tapas is Spanish and for the best tapas in DC you go to Jaleo.

Panache, on Desales Street (across the street from the North side of the Mayflower Hotel) is worth exploring.

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Yeah, it didn't really tempt me. But I'm trying to find a new-to-me place to have dinner with a friend tomorrow. I need to meet her near Penang where she has a meeting. I'll have my car so geography isn't really an issue within reason.

I'd really like to return to Notti Bianche, but friend has an Italian food aversion. Although the food doesn't scream "ITALY!!!" the name will have her asking me for alternatives, I bet.

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I've been there a couple times for tapas, the fried calamari was nice, tender inside crispy, crunchy batter outside, little grease...the manchego cheese platter thing had rubbery cheese that was no better than a Kraft single. I think they have Stella on tap.

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We had a very nice meal at Cafe Panache a few months ago, and out of the blue they just sent us a 20% off coupon, so we plan to go back in the next couple of weeks. It's not gazpacho season, but I suspect they will have something equally delicious.

Interestingly enough, the restaurant set to open in the Wachovia Building on Pinnacle Drive near Tysons will be named Panache.

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Went to the Tysons Panache for dinner. It's a beautiful space but the food was mediocre at best. The restaurant tries to do middle eastern, Spanish, French, and Italian, and pretty much failed at everything. We ordered 8 tapas - petit filet mignon, tortilla espanola, spanish octopus, rabbit milanese, seared scallops, lobster ravioli, linguine with white clam sauce, and cappellini pomodoro. Pasta is supposedly made fresh but the raviolis were way undercooked. Filet mignon was tough and overcooked. Tortilla not seasoned properly. The rabbit and scallops were bland. Things looked good on paper but the execution was bad. I'm not sure I would bother going back.

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Thanks for the reminder that I didn't post, Ericandblueboy. My happy hour at Panache was similarly disappointing. Given that I work in the building, we were all pretty excited to have any place to walk to for drinks (other than O'Malley's in the Holiday Inn/Crown Plaza which I personally think is gross).

Other than some bizarre overhead light fixtures in the bar area, the space is very stylish compared to the rest of Tysons' social establishments. It reminded me a lot of Oya with the white leather. But the space is HUGE. Huge as in "this place would have to be terrific to fill it with people at any one time." There's the main dining area, a private dining room, a moderately big bar area and then another large space to the right of the bar.

The servers pretty much threw free food at my group of about eight coworkers so we sampled everything from the bland risotto balls to the super salty guacamole on toast. The service was friendly, but pure comedy in terms of accuracy. When we [stupidly] decided to order a few other items from the menu, we received items we didn't order, and didn't receive items we did order.

This place is doomed.

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