Open for just over a week, Azur seems to be getting off to a mediocre start. Who hasn’t been looking forward to the opening of Frederik de Pue’s second DC restaurant (Table, being his first) in the former Cafe Atlantico/Minibar space? (Read my write-up on the Daily Meal here for more background.)
Azur has many ingredients for success. Among other things, there’s the chef’s experience at acclaimed seafood restaurants abroad; the seafood-centric menu, which includes a raw bar replete with a variety of East and West Coast oysters, house cured salmon, and caviar; and the lack of seafood restaurants in DC. So far the reality has not lived up to its potential. In the words of a young girl in an often-played ad about a cellular provider, “We want more, we want more.” Overall, the food was fine, the portions were too small, and the price tag was too hefty. » Read more..