Oya: Penn Quarter Perfect

As the proprietor of KRM Executive Livery, a local sedan service and sister company to epiphany productions, inc., I am occasionally asked for restaurant recommendations by my clients.  The DC metro area is fortunate to have a wide variety of outstanding eating establishments.  Even so, if my clients’ business takes them anywhere near the Penn Quarter in DC, I alwaysrecommend Oya Restaurant and Lounge on 777 9th Street.  It’s a personal favorite and never fails to impress my customers.

The restaurant is perfect for business meals as well as a night on the town or romantic dinner.  Oya can also accommodate larger parties of up to 300 for a standing reception or smaller, seated events in its semi-private dining room.

The reason for its popularity is both its atmosphere and food.  Its sophisticated ambience—inspired by its clean lines, liberal use of the color white, and interesting textures—give Oya real allure.

This upscale venue’s food—both taste and in presentation—echoes this comfortable sophistication.  The menu boasts an eclectic mixture of European and Asian flavors, available with a price-fix option, a full menu, and a sushi menu.  Also Oya has small plate options for those who like to sample.

Given my Caribbean roots, I personally enjoy the many fine fish entrees, including the Fish n’ Chips made from whole striped bass and calamari and served with three outstanding sauces that make the meal.  The sushi is excellent as well.  As a chocolate lover, I highly recommend the Bittersweet Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert—a real taste sensation.

Oya also attracts a good happy hour and later evening crowd to its lounge—where a variety of drinks and fine wines are served including sake.  Celebrity sightings are especially common at Oya, especially athletes due to its proximity to the Verizon Center.  Actor Terrence Howard, Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova, and Shaq have all been spotted there recently.  It’s also a favorite of the political set.

Next time you’re in the area, make time to try Oya.  You’ll leave happy.

Marcus Madison

KRM Executive Livery

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