Cities Restaurant has chosen a new location in close proximity to their original spot. They are now located at 1909 K Street NW where they have a much bigger space. The ambiance is nice and exudes a relaxed energy, so don’t feel obligated to dress up. While there, I was able to try out their new menu which was nothing short of amazing. They say they will be changing the drink menu and introducing an extensive wine selection but I won’t spill too many details about that.
I started by chatting with the chef of Cities Restaurant. It’s safe to say that Chef Marcial Umana puts his heart into every plate. The menu features foods from various parts of the world such as Argentina, Peru, Spain, Italy, and many others. The menu was made to be consumer friendly, as some eateries have pages of food which can easily cause confusion. The restaurant receives daily deliveries which contain fresh ingredients for the different menu items. Chef Umana oversees each dish with the guarantee of consistency regardless of the flow of traffic throughout the restaurant.
I started with the Dragon Roll and the California Roll. The sushi wasn’t what I expected as far as taste, but the presentation was beautifully done. Over time, I trust that the sushi will improve. Sushi rolls range from $6 to $10
Next was the main course. Tilapia, which came with sautéed capers, black olives, and grape tomatoes in a white wine sauce accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes and complimentary asparagus. Everything was mouthwatering and extremely filling. The presentation was exceptionally beautiful as well. This dish is $22
My guest opted for the lamb chops and they were equally impressed. Another beautiful presentation and the food was made to perfection. This dish includes grilled double cut lamb chops with grilled zucchini, bell peppers, and fried herb demi. This dish is $32
Dessert, the best for last. I went for the Orange Sherbert which came inside an actual orange decorated with garnish oozing out. It was almost too pretty to eat. It was light and definitely fitting for a nice spring or summer day. My guest ordered the Guava Sorbet which was a really fun pink and orange swirled dessert. I wasn’t able to try this dish but the glass was empty when I glanced over so I assume it was delicious.
Overall, I was impressed with each dish. It’s evident that Chef Umana pays close attention to detail and quality as it pertains to the food. In the future, Cities is planning the return of summer brunch. The restaurant is always open to events at their new location, so be sure to keep them in mind when looking for a nice sized venue.