Sunday, May 13, 2012

DC Spotlight: Rooftop Bites at Masa 14

When the weather turns warm in DC, there is nothing local residents love more than a good rooftop.  Today's DC Spotlight post highlights Masa 14's recently opened rooftop bar, which offers a limited menu of extremely tasty small plates, including several that can be made vegetarian upon request.  I sampled three, all pictured below.

Cucumber-avocado gazpacho with sherry vinegar, spicy pumpkin seeds, and grapes

Roasted mushroom & tofu bahn mi with pickled vegetables, chilis, cilantro, and
mushroom-achiote aioli on a baquette (left) and marinated portobello bao bun with
panela cheese, curried cabage, and fresh cilantro (right)

Masa 14 is one of three local Richard Sandoval restaurants.  Like its sister restaurant Zengo (possibly my favorite restaurant in DC), it features Latin-Asian cuisine.  But, unlike Zengo, it does not offer a separate vegetrarian menu, and the regular dining room menu offers only limited vegetarian options.  For that reason, I have not yet included it on the Washington, DC Restaurants page of this website.  However, after today's experience on the rooftop, I may have to give Masa 14's main dining room another try and reconsider including it on my static list.

In the meantime, the new rooftop is a great spot to meet friends for a drink on a nice day.  Naturally, the cocktails are the main attraction, but the meat-free snacks are a huge bonus.  On a personal note, I also very much appreciate that the entire rooftop is smoke-free!

Masa 14's rooftop (picture from Masa 14's website)

UPDATE:  Click here for more about Masa 14.

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