Here's a look at Bearnaise, former cheftestapant Spike Mendelsohn's soon-to-open 112-seat French-inspired steak-frites restaurant in Washington DC that he has been talking about since January. The Bess Pappas-designed space showcases a quirky bistro aesthetic, with black-and-white checkered floors on both levels of the restaurant, orange banquettes, and bulb lighting. His mother and sister took a trip to Paris to source all the "kind of funky, kind of hip" artwork around the space, which feature colorful portraits of French icons like artist/musician Serge Gainsbourg, actress Brigitte Bardot, and designer Coco Chanel.
The menu: There will be steak and fries, along with a "handful of appetizers and desserts." Prices vary depending on which cut you choose; the steak maison will run you $28, but a filet mignon will be $42. Steaks come with your choice of sauce and unlimited frites. Every bottle of wine in the house is priced at $40. No official opening date as of yet, although Bearnaise did have its soft opening last week.
But head on over to Eater DC for more pictures and intel. >>>