Piter and Handry Tjan are Back at Sushiko, take a tour of the new Station Kitchen & Cocktails, and more foodie news.
Inside the New Station Kitchen & Cocktails
Station Kitchen & Cocktails, a new restaurant and bar concept inside Dupont’s newly renovated Embassy Row Hotel, features Compass Coffee by day, and cocktails and shared plates by night—with former Marcel’s chef Peter Kloiber at the helm. Among the enticing items on the menu are fried chicken Korean Caveman Pops with sweet chili hoisin and red pepper romesco risotto balls with warm olives. 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-265-1600
The Men Behind Sushiko
After a brief hiatus spent expanding their Japanese culinary knowledge, brothers Piter and Handry Tjan are back at Chevy Chase’s Sushiko. Here, Handry chats about first jobs, the importance of hospitality, and taking Sushiko to the next level.
You were born in Indonesia, moved to Baltimore in 1999, and made your DC debut at Raku in 2006. How did you get your start in the restaurant business? Handry Tjan: We both started at a Chinese restaurant in Baltimore under my uncle. Piter moved on to a Japanese restaurant and later introduced me to the cuisine and taught me the basics about Japanese cooking. Piter taught me everything I know.
What do you think is the key to working with family? HT: Like my mother always told us when we were young: Family always comes first. The key to being successful, I think, is sharing ideas and understanding each other.
What’s the future of Sushiko? HT: We want to take the traditional way of making sushi and add the best ingredients that we can find in the United States, and combine everything in a new and unique way. And we want Sushiko’s experience to go beyond great food…. You can deliver the best food but without hospitality you have nothing. 5455 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-961-1644
The Best Brunch Spots in DC
Orange Anchor’s bright and airy dining room.
The city’s favorite meal is growing, with three new, all-weekend options in the mix. Orange Anchor (3050 K St. NW, 202-802-9990) is serving up a seasonal, locally sourced menu of entrées such as duck hash and buckwheat banana beer pancakes, accompanied by handcrafted cocktails including the seafood Bloody Mary and the orange crush. For an Italian-inspired option, Casa Luca’s (1099 New York Ave. NW, 202-628-1099) new weekend offering features à la carte dishes, including spaghetti carbonara, smoked salmon, mozzarella, and roasted red pepper grilled country bread, and $14 bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and sangría. Summer House Santa Monica (11825 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda, 301-881-2381) offers everything from roasted vegetable hash to waffles.
Luxury Wines Take Over the City
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, 703-506-4300) just became the first luxury vendor of wines from Honor Brewing Company. The brewery, which produces four craft beers and four fine wines (with two more wines on the way), was founded by three veterans dedicated to giving back to local military organizations—$125,000 in the last year, in fact.