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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/ 7/2010

Izakaya-inspired: The Source's new lounge menu

By Julia Beizer

Chef Scott Drewno unveils a new lounge menu at the Source this month. (Sean McCormick for The Washington Post)

One of the classiest lounges in Penn Quarter will be getting a menu makeover this month. On Jan. 20, The Source plans to replace the lounge's American-themed dishes with a new selection of sushi, sashimi, noodles, dumplings and meats cooked using the Japanese charcoal grilling technique known as robata.

"We're trying to evolve and keep current and keep raising the bar," said executive chef Scott Drewno. To do that, Drewno and colleagues within the Wolfgang Puck company (which owns the Source) looked to food-focused Japanese pubs known as izakaya for inspiration. The lounge's new Asian-influenced menu is more in keeping with the dishes served upstairs in the main dining room.

The robata grill is perhaps the most interesting addition. Drewno and his cohorts have chosen a charcoal that will apply only a light touch of smoke to skewers of black cod, short ribs and pork belly. "It's not smokeless," said Drewno, "but it doesn't smoke a lot, so you get a clean, crisp flavor out of it."

As noted in a previous report, the lounge's beloved sliders will stay. "I had to leave [them] on or else I'd be run out of town," jokes Drewno. In addition to the beef standard, the menu will also include a mini banh mi and a pork sandwich.

All items are priced between $6 and $12. Between 4 and 6 p.m. on weekdays, diners can choose any three dishes off the new menu (including some new drink selections) for $20.10. Check after the jump for a peek at the new menu.

-- Julia Beizer

Robata

Black cod, noodle salad, sesame dressing $9
Korean-style short ribs, kimchi, kochujan aioli $10
Farm-fresh chicken, balsamic soy reduction $8
Bacon-wrapped sea scallop, seaweed butter $12
Crispy sweetbreads, yuzu gastrique $9
Crispy pork belly, steamed bao buns $8
Lamb sirloin, sour cherry-mustard chutney $9

Sushi & Sashimi

Negi-hama roll, yellowtail, scallion $12
Spicy tuna roll, hand-cut tuna, chili aioli $12
California roll, king crab, avocado $12
Tempura shrimp roll, cucumber, eel sauce $10
Vegetarian roll, yamagobo, shiso $8
Spicy tuna tartare, sesame miso cone $6
Yellowtail sashimi, pickled Jalapeno citrus ponzu $10

Noodles & Dumplings

Stir-fried yaki udon, wild field mushrooms and oxtail $10
Sichuan chicken dumplings, crushed peanut, chili "dan dan" $8
Scallop and shrimp spring roll, honey 10 spice $9
Pan-fried noodles, chili squid, pork belly $8

Sandwiches & Snacks

Prime beef sliders, smoked onion marmalade, cheddar $8
Mini banh mi, country-style pate $9
Pork tankatsu sandwich, garlic and pepper aioli $10
Chicken wings, spicy garlic chili sauce $10
Tempura green beans, curry salt, ginger aioli $7

By Julia Beizer  | January 7, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
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