At ever-popular Minibar, Jose Andres has created an unparalleled gastronomic culinary experience in bite-sized proportions in Penn Quarter, adjacent to his cocktail haven, barmini. This nationally celebrated restaurant excites with swanky environs of gold-hued light fixtures, wooden bars and sleek ivory chairs, setting the stage for the exclusive, three hour food entertainment, worth the $275 price tag.
“As you make your way through the thrilling 25 to 30 courses, you’re constantly reminded how few chefs have the creative capacity and technical wizardry to make food that’s at once perspective-altering and delicious." – Washingtonian
“For the three or so hours it takes to experience the spectacle known as Minibar by José Andrés, you will likely sip a pisco sour that’s both hot and cold, snack on a toy-size “Rubber Ducky” made of dried apple meringue, eat a tropical herb salad in the cup of a fried pig’s ear, discover the affinity sea cucumbers have for bone marrow, and use tweezers to cook dumplings so thin you can read through them. An evening in this performance space, which resembles an operating theater save for the upturned golden boats floating above your head, requires a diner to test limits and suspend beliefs. “Bite the head off, so it doesn’t run around.” That’s one of Minibar’s multiple engaging chefs telling you how to approach that fluffy yellow duck, the center of which contains a rich bite of foie gras ice cream. Just when you think the most intriguing science class of your life is coming to an end, a server escorts you to the neighboring Barmini for something sweet and precious. Among the many small amusements are tiny whiskey bottles with the texture of gummy bears and the flavor of a bar shot.” – Washington Post
“Minibar is a window into creativity. That’s all.” – Chef José Andrés
The intimate space accommodates no more than 24 diners, seated closely on stools at a curved bar looking onto the kitchen. The unadorned white brick walls and wood floors direct all the attention to the dinner theater unfolding on the plate.
855 E Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004