The National

The New Kid on the Block

The National opened with much fanfare in December 2018 and quickly developed a following from locals and visitors alike. The restaurant is modern yet still feels intimate. The far wall, lined with bottles of wine, is the perfect backdrop to the walnut tables and leather chairs, but what shines most is the menu and creative cocktails.

 

Choose from a variety of seasonal appetizers and salads to start your meal. A favorite is the National's tempura rock shrimp. Ever since this dish arrived on the menu at Nobu two decades ago, it has been served in slightly different ways across fine dining establishments. The National gets it right with a light batter and a tasty sriracha aioli. Scallops are found under the entree section of the menu but could just as easily be shared as an appetizer. They are plump, tender and perfectly prepared.

 

Entrees, while few in number, certainly cover the spectrum, affording choices every foodie will enjoy.  Both the halibut and trout are excellent. There are plenty of vegetables on the menu and lasagna fit for vegetarians. Landlubbers don't fret - you're covered with a braised lamb shank and a classic beef tenderloin with cognac green peppercorn sauce. Leave room for delectable desserts like raw cashew cheesecake or maple cinnamon bread pudding.

 

Only have time for a quick drink?  Take a seat at the bar and allow the mixologist to pour you one of his creative concoctions. The Campfire Old Fashioned offers a new twist on the traditional bourbon drink while the National Negroni changes seasonally.