The dining room at Del Mar.
Dorade baked in a salt crust, courtesy of Del Mar.
The dining room at Bindaas.
Bindaas's chef, Vikram Sunderam.
Custom graffiti at Bindaas.
A mural at Bindaas.

Dining Out

Hot eateries in the DC area

On the Waterfront
James Beard Award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi and Maria Trabocchi (Fiola, Fiola Mare) have set their sights on Maria’s native Spain at Del Mar, their new venture in District Wharf. Designed by Barcelona-based Lazaro Rosa Violan, the 11,900-square-foot restaurant features millwork, furnishings, and fixtures produced in Spain. Menu highlights include a raw bar, tapas, paella and dorade baked in a salt crust. 791 Wharf Street, SW; 202-525-1402.

Foggy Bottom Debut
Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj (Rasika) recently unveiled a larger version of Bindaas, his Cleveland Park hot spot, in DC’s Foggy Bottom. Like its little sister, the outpost focuses on Indian street fare with a menu by chef Vikram Sunderam including savory chaat, kebabs, curries, and wraps. With custom murals, graffiti and pendants resembling baskets, interiors by Projects Design Associates evoke the outdoor markets and alleyways of India. 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; 202-516-4326.