Exclusive:  Concept Images & Menu for Emilie’s – The Upscale Eclectic Restaurant Coming to Capitol Hill

This is the perspective from the lounge to the entry, on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue, and 11th Street, SE.  The illustration shows the layout, not how the venue will look after the decorators get to work.

Likewise for the bar and lounge.

The restaurant will feature an open kitchen.

Here’s the floor plan for Emilie’s.  (The name was pays homage to the late benefactor of Tien’s family when they first moved to the US after the Vietnamese War and to his fiancé.


Exclusive:  Concept Images & Menu for Emilie’s – The Upscale Eclectic Restaurant Coming to Capitol Hill – and a Sample Menu

by Larry Janezich

Two Emilie’s c0-owners – Arris Noble and Sam Shoja (the third co-owner is Chef Kevin Tian) – showed up at ANC6B’s November meeting last night to show off some concept illustrations of their forthcoming addition to Capitol Hill’s hot culinary landscape.

Here’s a first look at the concept for Chef Kevin Tien’s upscale eclectic restaurant coming to the new Frager’s Building at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.  The 3,300 square foot restaurant will seat 100 – 70 dining seats and 30 bar seats.

The restaurant is designed around the concept of dim sum and shared plates.  Guests may order from a menu or from the carts of small plate daily specials circulating through the dining area on carts – “tableside” dining.  The menu will rotate daily, and feature products from a local community of producers, farmers and ranchers.  The owners hope to open the restaurant in the spring of 2019.  (The Frager’s Building is on track for completion in March, 2019.)

Here’s a sample menu:

Tien is partnering with restaurant veterans Sam Shoja (Jinja Raman Bar) and Arris Noble in this new venture.  Tien is current co-owner of the highly acclaimed Himitsu in Petworth.  Capitol Hill’s latest celebrity chef, Tien is a veteran of Iron Chef Gauntlet and Finalist in the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year, 2018.  He has cooked for Chef Aaron Silverstein’s Pineapple and Pearls and Chef Jose Andres’ Oyamel, among others.


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4 responses to “Exclusive:  Concept Images & Menu for Emilie’s – The Upscale Eclectic Restaurant Coming to Capitol Hill

  1. Molly

    Great news — thanks for the scoop!

  2. John

    The proposed floor plan doesn’t allow for carts to be easily rolled through the restaurant (i.e. it lacks a primary circular path). Expect to see either the concept of layout to be updated as time goes on.

  3. kandc

    They need to have seat backs on the bar stools and on the stools in the bar area tables….
    If the dim sum is authentic, this place will be a hit…the menu looks very interesting

  4. Ktien

    Hi all! I am looking forward to opening the new space! These are all very early drawings and renderings and there will be more changes that happen along the way, including seating, design, layout and food. This was just a peek for those who are curious.