Dunya, a modern American restaurant and bar with a Mediterranean touch, is now open in Shaw. The name means “world” in Turkish.
The restaurant, located at 801 Florida Ave. NW, comes from Siyamak Sadeghi, previously an owner of Shaw’s Tavern and the now-closed Axis Bar and Grill on U Street NW. Chef Rafael Viera also previously worked at Axis.
The menu features about a dozen starters and ranging from smoked chickpeas with spinach and a fried egg ($8) to roasted bone marrow with parsley, anchovy chimichurri, and rustic bread ($12). Entrees ($15 to $25) include red wine braised rabbit over sage polenta and portabello ravioli with butter sage sauce and toasted walnuts. General manager Hasna Farouidi says early favorites have been the stout marinated lamb shank with red pepper tapanade and pearl couscous as well as the portabello fries appetizer with basil aioli.
Dunya has an international wine list, six mostly local beers on tap plus some bottles, and a handful of cocktails. Drinks are $2 off during a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.
The restaurant has three floors, including a dining room on the ground floor and a lounge with a fireplace on the second. A rooftop bar is coming this spring.
Photo via Dunya