Yesterday, District Cuisine previewed the interior and design of Sospeso (1344 H Street, NE), which will be opening in February. We also sampled some of Sospeso’s food and got a sneak peak of the opening menu. Sospeso’s opening menu is now online, and you can view it here.
We were impressed by all of the dishes that we have sampled so far at Sospeso. Our tastes started with a Ras el Hanout soup that is a spicy vegetarian (in this case) soup with cauliflower, tomato, onion, and potato in it. The soup was great for a cold and dreary winter day and was not overpowering despite the complex spice blend. Next we tried the freshly made pita that was flaky and warm out of the oven. It will be served with hummus, and guests can add either olive tapenade or roasted lamb to it as well.
We also sampled the Za’atar roasted chicken (entree), Mercimekli Kofte (lentil and bulgur fingerling snacks), and the salty fritters (dough stuffed with anchovy, potatoes, and capers). The owners hope to not only have great food but also to serve dishes that have stories attached to them and that provide guests with a unique dining experience. They hope to have dishes that you may never have tried before as well as drinks, such as Serbian wines, that may be new as well. The grilled octopus, the whole fish, and the porchetta sandwich are several of the dishes that we look forward to exploring once Sospeso opens.
You can learn more about Sospeso, including the restaurant’s contact information by going to the website here.