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Inspired by his classical French training and the changing seasons, chef Antoine Westermann creates a menu that features his interpretation of the best regional dishes of France at Café du Parc, the French bistro at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.
You’ll find classic creations such as French onion soup, housemade charcuterie, cured salmon and the classic Alsatian tart known as tarte flambée. Heartier fare — ranging in price from $18 to $33 — includes mussels in a white wine and herb broth, grilled steak with fries or trout in brown butter with almonds and green beans. One of the most intriguing dishes is pork loin cooked gently and slowly for 24 hours, resulting in exquisitely tender, perfect meat. Throughout the year, the restaurant features cuisine and flavors from different areas of France. When our Forbes Travel Guide editors visited, dishes and drinks from Brittany like the region’s hard cider and a beer called Brasserie de Bouffay were featured. The wine list carries an international selection, focusing on wines from the best-loved regions of France, including Burgundy, Bordeaux, Provence and Rhône.
The menu consists of traditional French bistro food along with seasonal dishes conceptualized by Three-Star Michelin chef Antoine Westermann.