From the street, Siren doesn’t lure you in. It’s not until you enter the stunning navy blue and mahogany space connected to The Darcy hotel at Scott Circle that you fall hook, line, and sinker.
My friend, Lauren, and I took full advantage of the gorgeous leather booths and made ourselves at home at a glorious table near the bar and windows. Siren is connected to the newly renovated The Darcy and flows seamlessly from the hostess stand to the reception desk via a hallway of lush velvet couches and mirrors. This space would be perfect for a sexy date night.
The first thing you notice when you are seated is the beautiful, modern olive oil vats at each table. We learned they are filled with house-made olive oil made with lemon zest, ginger, mushroom, and star anise. Our pita took a little longer than normal to arrive, but that’s because it is prepared fresh to order. It was warm and crispy and absolutely heavenly with the olive oil, which was a beautiful blend of earthy and acidic flavors.
This is the type of brunch where a mimosa is just too basic. We couldn’t resist the cocktail descriptions, and I’m glad we didn’t because they ended up stealing the show. Perhaps the most memorable was the 2401, named after their sister restaurant, made with Bluecoat Gin, St. Germain Elderflower, arugula, simple syrup, lime juice, and an arugula sprig. It was refreshing and tasted like a sweet, but not too sweet, salad. It may have been the most unique—and brightest—brunch cocktail I’ve had to date. Lauren, who hates gin, said it was one of the best cocktails she’s ever had.
We were spoiled, stuffed, and could barely walk further than the nail salon a block away on 14th street. So we wrapped up our glorious seafood odyssey and headed for a quick polish change. As mermaids do.
The Bitches say: A-. A posh, fancy-pants dining experience, with unconventional brunch items and a menu primarily focused on fresh seafood that arrive in creative, stunning presentations. Definitely a brunch to impress your date.
1515 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005