While some dishes here are meant to be shared, others are more suited to one person. This includes fried chicken coq au vin, which captivates me like no other. The chicken has a thick outer crust, sinfully succulent meat, and is coated with a smooth, tangy red wine glaze. It’s one of those instances when waitstaff repeatedly tries to clear my plate and I swat them away until there are no remaining crumbs. I imagine this dish taking a spot on multiple year-end lists citing favorite dishes of 2015. It is certainly on mine.
Chef Maupillier takes time away from the kitchen to circulate throughout the dining room, chatting amiably with guests. Also shmoozing the crowds is partner Saied Azali. The staff are equally eager to solicit feedback and engender satisfaction. Judging from the growing chorus of approval circulating online and in print, diners are embracing the delicious and delightfully convivial Convivial.
Convivial, 801 O Street, NW, Washington, DC
Washington Post review by Tom Sietsema, “The buzzy Convivial in Shaw lives up to its name”
Washingtonian 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016, #4
DC Eater post: “The Early Word on Cedric Maupillier’s Convivial in Shaw”