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First Look: Zabb Restaurant on 18th Street

by Borderstan.com June 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm 0

Zaab Restaurant, 18th Street NW, Dupont Circle

Zabb Restaurant  soft-opened this week and plans to open in the next one-to-two weeks. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things; you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

Zabb Restaurant is now soft-open at 1836 18th Street NW, in the space formerly occupied by Straights of Malaya.

Construction on the space started several months ago, and the modern Asian restaurant and bar will serve a range of pan-Asian cuisine including Chinese, Japanese and Thai-inspired dishes. They plan to open “officially” in the next one-to-two weeks. Stay tuned for details on their grand opening party.

The menu features a range of traditional and non-traditional sushi rolls, creative dishes like lobster mango salsa and salt chili shrimp, as well as old favorites like drunken noodles, curries, and pad thai.

Zaab Restaurant, 18th Street NW, Dupont Circle

The main bar on the ground floor at Zabb. (Laura Herman)

In the interim, they are soft-open for dinner service only and are offering ten percent off of your total bill in exchange for your feedback on how they’re doing.

More photos below the fold!

Zabb plans to stay open until 11:30 pm on weeknights and 3 am on weekends, including a full-service bar (the kitchen will close slightly earlier, but this is definitely a spot to get your late night eat on).

Zaab Restaurant, 18th Street NW, Dupont Circle

The rooftop bar at Zabb. (Laura Herman)

Looks like Zabb’s primed to be a great spot for nightlife, as well as a food destination, with their swanky decor and spacious roof deck.

Zaab Restaurant, 18th Street NW, Dupont Circle

Zabb’s roof deck. (Laura Herman)

The downstairs main dining room will also double for a dance floor on weekends, complete with a special sound and light system.

Zaab Restaurant, 18th Street NW, Dupont Circle

The main dining area at Zabb. (Laura Herman)

We’re excited to sample the menu during the soft opening, and look forward to summer nights on the roof deck overlooking 18th Street. Watch out, Lauriol Plaza?

Zaab Restaurant, 18th Street NW, Dupont Circle

The sushi bar at Zabb. (Laura Herman)

What do you think of Zabb? Have you tried it yet? Let us know how it is!

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