Thursday, November 20, 2014


MET Bethesda, Westfield Montgomery's first true venture into upscale, fine dining, plans to open sometime next week across from the mall's new cineplex, ArcLight Cinemas.

The 120-seat space will feature a prominent 40-seat full bar at center stage, with the area's first on-tap Martini Bar. Flavors served up by the latter will include Lychee Ginger, White Peach, Coconut, Caramelized Pineapple and Prickly Pear. In keeping with the fine dining theme, it's fitting that the restaurant's General Manager will be Patrick Desotelle, a veteran of Le Diplomate in the District.

Signature menu items will include Spaghettini Carbonara with blue crab, chilies, lemon and fried egg; the Pounded Veal Chop on the Bone with watercress, escarole, endive, Taleggio, red onion, dates, walnuts and parmesan vinaigrette; and the Green Guru salad with kale, baby spinach, avocado, broccoli, shaved carrot, spiced pumpkin seeds, haricot verts, cilantro, mint and green goddess dressing.

A wood-fired grill will produce Whole Branzino with lemon grass, garlic-kale and sambal asum, Baby Back Ribs with grilled pineapple and jalapeño French fry salad, and Prime Bone-in Ribeye for Two. And the Char Bar will serve up American Yakitori: marinated, skewered and grilled beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetables cooked over an open fire, designed for sharing.

MET Bethesda will be open Monday-Thursday from 11:30AM to 10:00PM (bar until 11:00PM), Friday & Saturday from 11:30AM to 11:00PM (bar until 12:00AM), and Sunday from 11:30AM to 9:00PM.

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