Wren is scheduled to open inside the Watermark Hotel on September 21.
By Alice Levitt
Editor’s note: This story was updated on September 17, 2021 to add the new opening date.
The folks behind hotel restaurants are busy telling potential diners that their products are more interesting than their “captive audience” status might suggest. When Wren opens next month, it will be on the 11th floor of The Watermark Hotel, part of the Capital One Center complex in Tysons Corner. This is the first good sign. The second is the Japanese concept of fusion.
“Our inspiration is derived from ‘izakaya’, the Japanese concept of having a place to meet to relax and chat while enjoying great food and drink,” Chef Yo Matsuzaki said in a press release. Matsuzaki’s experience, originally from Japan, includes both a stint with Nobu in New York and training in French technique courtesy of the city’s Institute of Culinary Education. According to the release, his cuisine will feature local ingredients prepared in a form that “fuses Japanese street food with modern American elements.” Dishes include oysters, sashimi, and hamachi tartare pictured above. Diners can also expect a miniature beetroot salad with a yuzu-pistachio vinaigrette and a grilled Black Angus rib eye.
Drinks, courtesy of Beverage Manager Luis Mantilla and prepared on a traveling cart, will include Green With Envy Margarita and other cocktails meant to pair with Asian-inspired food.
Wren is scheduled to open on September 21 and will serve dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Drinks will be available at the bar from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
1825 Capital One Drive, McLean
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