Like wearing a black clip-on tie or grabbing lunch from a caviar food truck, eating at a bistro helps you exude decorum. Stuff your face with poise with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of New American fare and drinks at Ulah Bistro.
Noted in the Washington Post for its tongue-taming menu and eclectically casual two-story interior, Ulah Bistro provides fanciful, tasty fare in its chic yet unpretentious chomping grounds. Starters such as the blue-cheese-flanked bistro wings ($9) rev up group appetites with their shareable nature, and entrees such as the braised-lamb fettuccine ($21) heroically welcome home taste buds fresh off trendy ice-cube diets. The steak salad ($13) rewards omnivorous tendencies with fresh greens and sirloin, and those craving the stars of the sea can feast on ahi tuna tartare ($12).
Like jump-suit-size lobster bibs, wines such as the mas neuf paradox ($9), a 2010 rosé, subtly enhance meaty meals or brick-oven-baked pizzas, such as the ham-topped hawaiian ($12). Guests can dine in one of Ulah’s two dining rooms, each of which spans a floor of the two-story restaurant. The sunlit first floor more closely resembles streetside European bistros, while the lounge-like, couch-filled upstairs allows diners to relax with a drink after heated dinner debates over proper soda-chugging etiquette.
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.
U Street - Cardozo
1214 U St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009