Many American bistros differentiate themselves from their European counterparts by serving region-specific dishes and replacing waiters with Bruce Springsteen. Satisfy a hungry heart with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of American cuisine and drinks (excluding happy hours) at Ulah Bistro.
The seasoned chefs at Ulah Bistro fire brick-oven pizzas and forge plates of modern American fare for lunch, and dinner, and weekend brunch. A robust menu lists internationally inspired starters such as the ahi tuna tartare, featuring morsels of fresh tuna loin adorned by a seaweed salad, wasabi aioli, and an orange-sesame dressing ($12). Pie-fixated patrons can design their own pizzas from an olive-oil or marinara base ($10), with toppings such as prosciutto, sautéed spinach, and fresh basil ($1 each). Hearty dinner entrees include braised boneless beef short ribs, which silence hunger rumblings with accouterments of gorgonzola-infused polenta and a root-vegetable sauce ($20). Fruity or chocolaty desserts such as the apple pie à la mode ($7) or strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream ($7) soothe aching sweet teeth like an edible Icy Hot bandage.
Diners can sip wine, draft beer, or a signature cocktail from one of Ulah's two stone-topped bars. The open, two-level space welcomes guests with candlelit brick walls and a lounge area bordered by stylish couches that are ideal for reclining with friends or psychoanalyzing a plate of seafood linguine.
Owner Med Lahlou took the U from U Street and combined it with the beginning of his last name and a restaurant he owned named Tunnicliff's to form Ulah Bistro, according to the Washington Post. Ulah's chefs, who have more than 20 years of culinary experience, handcraft American cuisine, pleasing palates from coast to coast to the pizza-laden streets of New York and back.
Fresh seafood steers the menu ocean-side, with fresh shrimp, scallops, and calamari enlivening linguine, and seared tuna and Atlantic salmon sweeping up the hearty new york strip steak in their currents. In the eatery’s brick oven, golden-brown pizzas sport combinations such as Ulah’s signature medley of crab, tomatoes, olive oil, and parmesan. Alternatively, a make-your-own option lets pizza-lovers personalize pies with vine-ripened tomatoes to reflect their rosy cheeks, or sun-dried tomatoes to reflect their third-degree sunburns.