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Chef Antoine Westermann has created such a tempting French bistro menu at Café du Parc at Willard InterContinental, it’s difficult to select only five favorite dishes. But our Forbes Travel Guide editors especially liked these five menu choices at the Washington, D.C., luxury hotel:
1. French onion soup. This is not your average French onion soup — chef Antoine Westermann had a highly acclaimed tenure at Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg, France.
2. Authentic French pastries and coffee. One of the best parts of visiting France is eating the ethereal and buttery croissants. You’ll find them, along with fresh brioche and almond crossiants, served with illy coffee.
3. Housemade pork delicacies. Creating a country pork pâté or rillettes is an art, and Westermann shows off his skills on the Assiette de Cochonailles, which is rounded out with prosciutto ham, salami and pickled vegetables.
4. Moules à la Marienière. This is the classic way to enjoy mussels in France, in a light sauce of white wine, butter and herbs for a delicate taste of the sea. Paired with pommes frites, it’s a truly memorable meal.
5. Mille feuille. This dessert at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant is also called a Napoleon after the general, but we prefer mille feuille, which means “a thousand leaves” in French. Whisper-thin, crisp layers of puff pastry are layered with silky vanilla bean custard for a simply divine dessert.
The five best things to order at Café du Parc are the Salade du Parc, onion soup, Moules à la Mariniere, Croque Monsieur and Charcuterie Board.