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“Barmini Experience”

minibar, Washington, D.C.
Ranked #331 of 3,284 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 1 May 2013

We went to Barmini while visiting town with some friends. Service was above and beyond friendly and outgoing. We had one of the first reservations of the evening, at 6pm (which seems to be early in the DC area) but it gave us the opportunity to take in the atmosphere presented. We also got choice seating.
From the complimentary welcoming drink to everything we ordered, we had a great time. There are too many drinks to choose from, but the waiter knew what would be good based on what each of us liked and was in the mood for. We each had two drinks, no two a like, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Drinks were spendy, but at the same time, it was an experience also, so no complaints about the price.
We orders many things from the food options and they were all amazing. The lobster roll was so good we had to order more! Also, enjoyed the oysters and would highly recommend them.
Overall we had a fun time and if I ever make it back to DC I will be getting another Ramos Gin Fizz and Lobster Roll! Definitely worth trying once, especially if you are a fan of Jose Andres.

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Reviewed 26 April 2013

For those of you with a conscience take a nice fat four figure check and send it off to your local homeless shelter or food bank. I guarantee you’ll fell much better than if you spent that money at Minibar, DC. For those of your with no conscience, who enjoy being treated like battery hens, force fed boring, unimaginative, mediocre food you’ll enjoy Minbar. For the rest of you, please stay home. It’s not worth the journey, your time or sanity.
No one will ever describe the Minibar experience as fine dining, it’s more like the ultimate soul destroying experience. It’s noisy, there’s no menu, your shuffled in, fed at a bar, then shuffled out to another bar after you allotted hour and a half is up. The chefs announce the dishes as they present them to you except they are drowned out by the loud, not so much in the background, music and all the noise from the kitchen.
As for the food, Mr. Andres should stick to his Jaleo tapas concept rather than imagining he’s comparable to his idol Ferran Adria. The meal at Minibar, DC lacked finesse, imagination and every dish with its delicate main ingredient is overpowered by the accompaniments. A steam bag of tiny inoki mushrooms is disappears under the thinnest slices of tartufo bianco. When there’s nothing better than roast marrow why drape it with slices of sea cucumber leaving the dish a confused mess of flavors. I do feel sad for the chefs whose only skills seems to be with eye droppers and tweezers.
Coffee, only drip no espresso, after the meal is served in Barmini, the staff, though well meaning, lacks good training.
Can’t recommend Barmini or Minibar to anyone. Definitely not the place for a romantic dinner or with friends. Everything about Minibar was done by El Bulli 10 years ago and much better with great wit and surprise. There's no comparison as much as Mr Andres would like there to be.

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2  Thank DiningStar
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

Have to give these people high marks for originality and creativity. Their concoctions are unique to say the least.There is also a theatrical element to the cooking and serving of the dishes which adds to the experience. Probably a one-time event since the surprise factor plays an important role. The decor and ambiance of the place is also very unique and tasteful and the staff is quite charming.

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Thank cmgp01
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

We entered Minibar only knowing what we had seen on television. Minibar is not a restaurant, but a culinary experience. It takes a minor miracle to procure a reservation, but if you can attain one and don't mind the price tag, you will be in for the culinary experience of a lifetime. There cannot be many restaurants in the world providing any greater or more unique dining adventure.

Your time at Minibar begins in a chic white lounge where you and your tablemates await your seating while enjoying a cocktail. Once seated the experience begins and is almost too wonderful to describe.

You will experience almost two dozen courses in the "kitchen" and each is exquisitely choreographed. The synchronization of the staff, sometimes eight at a time working in close proximity, during the presentation of each course is akin to culinary ballet.

The experience is educational too. The staff is open to answering your questions and they explain each dish along the way. You will learn as much as you will eat while dining.

Some of the courses are time sensitive, so be sure to ask one of the staff members about an appropriate to leave the table if you need to. You don't want to miss anything.

You will conclude your meal in Barmini where 4-6 dessert courses will be presented in an upscale, quiet lounge atmosphere. Try to get the table in the corner.

This writeup does nothing to fully explain the magnificence of the experience. The food is amazing. You may not like every one of the nearly 30 courses, but it would be virtually impossible to create 30 courses that everyone loves. You will love most all of them and you will know that they are all crafted with excellence and skill beyond any meal you have previously consumed.

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Thank ChrisKate2012
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Minibar is nothing short of an extraordinary culinary experience. This is not a place for the average diner, moreover, it is not the place for the person looking for excellent traditional food. This is rarified air. Minibar is for hard core foodies who have eaten at all the best places, but now want something beyond just great food. For those of you looking for that you will find it here. Yes, it is expensive. If you cannot stomach ( no pun intended) the thought of spending at least $300 per person there are many wonderful restaurants in Washington where you will be very happy. If fine dining is like flying in an airplane, Minibar is a trip on the space shuttle. If you enjoy being adventurous and testing the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to food preparation make the effort to sit at one of the 12 seats in the restaurant which is actually part of the kitchen. For me it was a meal I will never in my life forget and is now a benchmark for gastronomic indulgence.

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1  Thank gumdoc45
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