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Chef Pepe Moncayo. © Greg Powers

The dining room. © Rey Lopez

Red snapper with citrus dashi.

The Rising Son cocktail.

The bar and sake lounge. © Rey Lopez

East Meets West

Cranes spotlights the flavors of Spain and Japan

Chef and Barcelona native Pepe Moncayo fell in love with Japanese cooking while living in Singapore, where his tapas bar BAM! remains a sensation. In February, Moncayo opened Cranes in DC’s Penn Quarter, a small-plate and kaiseki restaurant, bar and sake lounge where the offerings—among them red snapper with citrus dashi and a Rising Son cocktail of saffron gin and sake—manifest his Spain-meets-Japan oeuvre. Interiors by DC’s //3877 mirror Moncayo’s vision, using geometric shapes, up- and down-lighting, jewel tones, fumed oak, polished metal and a repeated crane motif—on the base of the custom Mandy Li Collection table, for example—to create subtle drama. 724 9th Street, NW; 202-525-4900. cranes-dc.com

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