The Oval Room: A Visit to Provence

As I sit at my computer, taking a much-needed breather from the stifling air outside, my mind wanders back to a dinner in Provence. Every dish in the meal is spiked up with sun-ripened vegetables, a liberal dose of fragrant olive oil, and herbs fresh from the garden.  I sigh audibly, remembering the bold flavors and bright colors woven throughout every course.

The dinner that captivates my attention didn’t actually take place in Provence.  It was at the Oval Room in Washington, DC.  But it felt like a trip to France, and that has to count for something. Good news:  from now through August 10, you too can be transported. 

The Oval Room’s Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello has created an inspiring “Summer in Provence” tasting menu for this time-limited offer. Not only is the food first class, the value makes it even more enticing. Diners can select four-courses for $65, five-courses for $75, or six-courses for $85 (excluding tax and gratuity).  Dishes are available a la carte as well. Can’t make it for dinner? There’s a three-course lunch for $32.

Here’s a look at the Summer in Provence Dinner Tasting Menu.  

petit salade NIÇOISE

tomato marinated tuna ∙ haricot verde ∙ egg ∙ potato ∙ niçoise olives ∙ white anchovy ∙ parsley


ratatouille stuffed squash blossoms ∙ pluto basil goat cheese vinaigrette

The Oval Room ratatouille tart
The Oval Room ratatouille tart
(from the lunch menu)

ARTICHAUT a la barigoule

white wine and olive oil poached artichoke



baguette · rouille · saffron

The Oval Room bouillabaisse
The Oval Room bouillabaisse
Oval Room baguette

LAPIN à la moutarde

mustard & verjus glazed rabbit loin ∙ roasted tomatoes fennel ∙ garlic ∙ tarragon

Oval Room rabbit loin
Oval Room rabbit loin

AGNEAU rôti au limon

lemon & rosemary roasted lamb loin olive oil pommes anna ∙ spring onions ∙ mushrooms

Oval room lamb loin
Oval room lamb loin

vacherin à la FRAISE

meringue ∙ strawberries ∙ crème fraiche ∙ pistachio

tarte au CITRON
lemon tart ∙ pine nuts ∙ whipped crème fraiche
(from the lunch menu)

You don’t need a passport. You don’t need an expensive airline ticket. You do need a reservation. Don’t you deserve a bit of summer in Provence?

*The Summer in Provence menu is available through August 10.  The Oval Room will participate in DC Restaurant Week beginning August 12.

The Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

The Oval Room serves modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. It is part of the Knightsbridge Restaurant Group founded by 
Ashok Bajaj.

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