Even though the actual development of Proof took a couple of years, the concept was brewing in owner Mark Kuller’s mind for far longer. The attorney turned proprietor (although he still does some legal work on the side) has always enjoyed fine dining, wine and company so it was just a matter of time until he was running his own place. He also knows a thing or two about building a successful venue and the value of paying top dollar for the right talent.
Cost – $$$
Service – A
General Manager Michael James ran Teatro Goldoni for ten years before coming over to Proof. He is a real professional and has put together a similarly professional team. Whether at the bar or at a table, you’re going to have service that is knowledgeable and on-point.
Food – A-
Haidar Karoum was the head chef at Asia Nora for seven years before coming to Proof. Even though the initial concept behind Proof was wine-centric, the menu certainly doesn’t play second violin to the wine selection. I’ve had grilled hanger steak with smoked bacon and crispy potatoes as well as the Five Spice Roasted Pekin Duck Breast and both times have been blown away by the quality of food and the presentation.
Decor – A-
Proof was designed by Grizform Design, who have put together an impressive resume that includes Black Salt down on MacArthur. Their aesthetic is post-modern (I studied sociology so I am allowed to use this word) at it’s best and includes (I stole this from the Proof Web site) “exposed brick walls, a custom French pewter bar, Jerusalem stone, and antique Chinese chests mingle seamlessly with wide-plank walnut floors, Bisazza tiled bathrooms, Italian leather seating and European lighting fixtures.” What I like most about the design of the place is its sense of open space.
Feel – A
The dining area is a great place for a group or for a date. The bar area, although a bit on the small side, would be a nice place to grab a glass of wine with a friend.
Proof is located down near Gallery Place at 775 G Street in Northwest. They can be reached at (202) 737-7663.
What’s the Buzz:
September 28, 2007 – Proof (DC Dining) – Proof keeps getting better and better, and Tom Sietsema’s review was well-written and paints an accurate picture of the restaurant. I don’t assign stars, but if I did (hmm, lightbulb going on…), Proof would absolutely get three. Full article…