Oysters, Caviar, and More Seafood, Oh my!

[ 0 ] June 17, 2013 |
What comes to mind when you think of seafood? Oysters, clams, red snapper, salmon, calamari, and other various shellfish and fresh fish, right? If so, then you’re thinking along the same lines as Chef Frederick de Pue of Azur in Penn Quarter. Chef De Pue has been all over Europe, worked in some of the greatest seafood restaurants, and decided to open up Azur just a few months ago in April. The restaurant’s menu reflects his perception of the cuisine that is European seafood.

Courtesy of Azur’s Website

The place itself has 7 menus: first course, second course, dessert, bar, pre-theater, lunch, happy hour, and Crabfest Wednesdays (which just started this month on June 12th). What I love about this place is that there’s a massive variety to suit just about every taste bud. Both known and hard-to-acquire fish and shellfish are available, along with vegetarian dishes, and land plates for those who might want something meatier.
The decor is light with handmade furniture which provides a relaxing atmosphere and lets the food, drink, and company that you’re with for the evening take the spotlight. Besides the food, what really impressed me about Azur is that they’re committed to using sustainable sources for their menu and they collect/return all oyster shells to local beaches and oyster beds. Makes sense to keep a great cycle going and place them back where they come from. Every little bit helps.

Courtesy of Azur’s Website

I recommend the sea scallops, the east coast oysters, and the strawberry mint salad. Their wine list is definitely notable although, due to certain events, I won’t be drinking for the next 9 months or so :). Unfortunately, no pictures were taken because a) I was famished when we got there, and b) it was delicious. Check out their menu here.

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Category: Food.Fun.Stuff., Publicity, restaurant reviews, seafood, Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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