On a business trip to DC my friend took me to Range in Chevy Chase Pavilion. According to their website Range “offers modern interpretations using seasonal ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic region prepared through classic and progressive techniques”. At first I was a little skeptical, as this is a massive space that is located in the middle of a shopping mall, albeit a very high-end shopping mall. My skepticism was quickly erased when our first starter arrived! This is a newish venture from Bryan Voltaggio of Top Chef. We started with the charcuterie board, which was a mix of fresh-baked, crisp grilled bread, some thinly sliced salami and a delicious pate.
We then moved on to the Hamachi crudo, which was my favorite dish of the evening. It was ultra-fresh, melt-in-your-mouth tuna. For an entrée I had the swordfish, which is one of my favorite choices for fish. While the fish itself was quite good, I didn’t love the preparation, as it distracted a bit from the nice fresh fish.
Wine by the glass a theme for me. I’m a big Chardonnay fan, and also often like to switch wines during the meal as the food changes, so I frequently drink wine by the glass, which makes a good selection of by the glass choices especially important to me. They have a nice selection by the glass and the wait staff was quite knowledgeable in terms of the wine menu.
With so many innovative options on the menu, this is definitely a place where you want to try a variety of dishes to share. Overall, we had a good experience and I’d recommend checking it out if you are ever in the area.