For a city that contains a significant European presence, there are relatively few contemporary European-style cafés – the types of places you would go and socialize with friends for a few hours in a reserved, hip environment. You can almost count the venues on one hand: Napoleon in Adams Morgan, Leopold’s in Georgetown, and a few others. It was with a sense of optimism that I headed down to Georgetown to check out the recently launched Puro Café, which I had heard great things about from a close friend of mine.
Cost – $$
Food – B+
The menu contains a selection of well portioned paninis and flat breads. I tried both the prosciutto, fig & parmesan as well as the chicken breast with tomatoes and fresh basil and both were fantastic. Rashid Hassouni, the proprietor, also brought a complimentary chocolate craquant, which was fairly light and tasty.
Service – A
I felt that the service was great. The baristas were helpful and attentive and Hassouni himself came over on several occasions to check on us. He seemed genuinely interested in knowing about our experience at his establishment and what he can do to make it better.
Décor – A–
Simple, white furnishings, hardwood floors and nouveau classical french chandeliers culminate to create a general visual sense that can be described as “South Beach chic.” It is the result of Hassouni’s vision and Tasty Concept’s design expertise. The spacious patio is still in development and should prove to push Puro even further ahead once launched.
Feel – A
Hassouni’s goal is to create a contemporary, chic space where people can come to relax and socialize without feeling cramped or rushed and it is safe to say he has delivered on that vision. The instant I walked in I immediately knew my days waiting for a worn couch at a coffee shop where I would sit in the midst of chaos and leave reeking of coffee, were over. I went to Puro with the intention of grabbing a quick bite and doing some reading and I ended up staying there for the entire afternoon into the early evening.
Puro Café is located at 1529 Wisconsin Avenue. They can be reached at (202) 787-1937.
What’s the Buzz:
January 22, 2010 – Puro Cafe Opens on Wisconsin Avenue (CarolJoynt.com) – Early afternoon I stopped by the new Puro Cafe in almost upper Georgetown. Can’t tell you too much about it except very cozy, compact and pretty in shades of red and white. Very pretty red chandeliers that are familiar. Full article…