La Bête

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$$$ Continental

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A debauched Bohemian streak runs through the vintage twilit room on West Capitol Hill; big acid-trip art peeks out through elegant crystal chandeliers. The result is displacingly magical (just walking through the door after snagging a parking space in this crowded 'hood holds a nearly mythic sense of arrival), and the food—by young apprentices from Lark and Union—enshrines a similarly fanciful sensibility. Ingredients in the small-plate preparations—of four-mushroom bread pudding; or kabocha squash soup with blue cheese popover; or beef cheeks with farro, chard, porcini, and grapes—are ferociously local, while the hardworking creatives in the kitchen keep the small-plate preparations surprising and fresh, and executed exactingly.

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Last updated: 10/22/2013