by January 29, 2013 at 8:00 am 0


Sitting at Table with  Chef Frederik de Pue. Click above for a photo visit of Table. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Table opened its doors at 903 N Street NW the weekend of the presidential inauguration. Located just a block away from the Convention Center, the restaurant was slammed with eager diners — even with its sidewalks blocked off for security.

Since that incredibly busy weekend, Chef and owner Frederik de Pue was able to catch his breath and dish with us on his new Shaw restaurant.

From its simple and seasonal European selections, to handwritten menus, open kitchen and cozy space, Chef de Pue designed Table to make his customers feel at home.

De Pue decided to make Table a reality a little less than a year ago, right around the time he acquired his two-story Shaw location.

Since then, he’s had his hand in all of the design and style elements of the 46-seat restaurant — originally an auto repair shop — including hanging reclaimed hardwood floors from the ceiling.

“Everything was hand touched,” he said. “I thought it would be a great idea to hang (the floors) from the ceiling, so I started hanging it with wires. It looks very easy, but it isn’t. It’s a good final product. I am very pleased.”

Chef de Pue mentioned that so far, his customers have really liked the simplicity of the design, as well.

“They love it — they come in and their neighbors are here waiting for them,” he said.

The interior is minimal with light wood tables, white rustic linens and silver.

The menus, which change frequently based on seasonal availability, are handwritten in notebooks, stashed in a hanging herb garden by the front door.

Food options range. De Pue offers everything from the somewhat expected (mussels, salmon and monkfish) to the unexpected (Bison hanger steak, burgundy snails, frog legs and stuffed squid). Ricotta fritters and pumpkin bread pudding make an appearance for dessert.

The bar offers craft beer and about 20 wines by the glass, including a small selection of Champagnes. Cocktail lovers be warned, there is no liquor.

Table is open Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit the website.

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