Seven Reasons: Venezuelan chef who made waves in Baltimore moves to DC. After being named the best chef in Baltimore for his cooking at Alma Cocina Latina, chef Enrique Limardo has officially moved to DC as the co-owner and chef of Seven Reasons (his first foray here was as the consulting chef for Chicken + Whiskey). This restaurant showcases the flavors and culinary traditions of Latin and South America, including unexpected dishes from Peru, the Amazon, and the Caribbean. The name is based on numerology, where the number seven symbolizes searching for new experiences. Limardo aims to take his guests on a surprising journey of texture, technique, flavor and plating in an ivy-draped space inspired by the jungles of South America. Highlights include ravioli de chuchos, a take on arepas, lobster ceviche, and wagyu coulotte.Read More
Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo received high accolades for cooking at Alma Cocina Latina in Baltimore before striking out with his own 14th Street restaurant. The two-story space is fashioned like an urban jungle with greenery climbing century-old brick walls, while the cooking is decidedly modern. Think sea bass ceviche with lemongrass, coconut, and trout caviar or a shareable chorizo-and-lobster rice with jalapeño syrup, beef cheeks, and black truffle. In your glass (or a fresh young coconut): cocktails from barman barman Josue Gonzalez like the Tranquilo y Tropical with cachaça, coconut rum, Nigori sake, fresh pineapple, lime, and matcha green tea.Read More
Seven Reasons: The brick-lined townhome that used to house Piola reemerged in April as an ivy-covered Latin fusion destination, starring artfully presented dishes from an acclaimed Venezuelan chef. Chef Enrique Limardo most recently made a name for himself in Baltimore, helming Alma Cocina Latina for the past five years. For his first D.C. venture, Limardo presents his menu in seven sections: snacks, small plates, medium plates, large plates, desserts, cocktails, and wines. The format aims to unite flavors from his native country with those from Peru, the Amazon rainforest, and the Caribbean. The space will soon grow with the addition of a patio area for 30, outfitted with lounge seating and a full bar.Read More
Enrique Limardo wants to take diners on a trip around the world at his new restaurant Seven Reasons. The 14th Street spot’s co-owner and executive chef is fusing ideas from his Venezuelan heritage and international cooking assignments.
His Duck Magret with Salsa Verde, for example, is a dish he says was inspired by the idea of a Mexican who gets lost in Dubai. Limardo serves up a duck breast seasoned with sumac and other Middle Eastern spices, and combines it with his take on a Mexican salsa verde that he makes from tomatillo, cilantro, avocados, and lime juice.Read More
Chef Enrique Limardo is serious about the number seven at his first D.C. restaurant, Seven Reasons, which welcomes its first customers tonight on 14th Street NW. There’s a seven-layer coconut dessert, and a seven-course chef’s tasting menu is in the works. Even the opening date of April 16 adds up: one plus six equals seven.