DC Restaurant Openings

Georgian restaurant Tabla soft-opens during July 4th weekend

Supra’s sister restaurant a more casual version

Tabla’s menu focuses on khachapuri and khinkali (soup dumplings). The culinary orchestra will be spearheaded by Chef Lonnie Zoeller and Supra veteran Alfredo Martinez.  Photo by Reena Desai.
Tabla’s menu focuses on khachapuri and khinkali (soup dumplings). The culinary orchestra will be spearheaded by Chef Lonnie Zoeller and Supra veteran Alfredo Martinez. Photo by Reena Desai.

Tabla, the more casual sister-version of Supra, a Georgian restaurant, formally opens July 6. It’s a 2020 opening that has been much anticipated in the Park View neighborhood. Due to the health crisis, Tabla will offer modified service on the 25-seat patio and indoor seating at 50-percent capacity. In addition, takeout service is available through contactless ordering and pickup, while delivery service on theTable Side app will be launched in the near future.

A soft opening will introduce the restaurant to the surrounding areas during the July 4th weekend. Owners, Laura and Jonathan Nelms, traveled extensively to Georgia and provided inspiration for both restaurants. Their relationships with wine producers, chefs, artists, and artisans have strengthened the appeal and authenticity of their restaurants in Washington.

As Swizzle Chill reported last year, Tabla, in Georgian, stands for “outdoor table used to serve the copious amounts of food characteristic of a traditional supra, a celebratory feast enjoyed in the country.” The restaurant’s menu focuses on khachapuri and khinkali (soup dumplings). The culinary orchestra will be spearheaded by Chef Lonnie Zoeller and Supra veteran Alfredo Martinez. Input from Supra Chef Ani Kandelaki will help spur additional creativity.

Guests will also enjoy grilled kebabs and delightful vegetable-based salads and starters. In a marriage of Georgian and American flavors, playful dishes have surfaced: a Kartuli Corn Dog (a ‘kupati’ sausage fried in a west Georgian-style cornmeal batter) and the culinary team’s iteration of a catfish po’ boy, served with Georgian condiments, jonjoli, and additional toppings.

[Related story: Tabla, second Georgian restaurant in Washington to open]

The 53-seat Tabla space was designed by 2Scale Interiors, which helped imagine the Supra dining room. An inviting eatery, with garage-style doors that open up to a patio with 25 seats, is part of the charm of this Park View destination. The interior will feature a khinkali bar with a view of chefs hand-rolling the soup dumplings.

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Guests will have a choice of red, white, rosé, and ambers from the Georgian wine list, Georgian spirit chacha, soft drinks, and DC-crafted beers & ciders. As part of the takeout program, the Tabla team will bottle some of craft cocktail selections already available with dine-in service.

Tabla, 3227 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20010

Photo credit: Supra (featured preview image), Andrew Propp for Supra (inline)

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