Ya Me Jana

In Clarendon, Review by RUNINdc

The DMV is home to a several popular Lebanese restaurants (Northern Virginia alone has 14).  But there are few places that are as warm and welcoming as Me Jana

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Come here by yourself and sit at the bar or on a date or with a small to medium sized group.  There’s plenty of seating indoors and out — perfect for a warm summer night or a cool spring afternoon.

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At Me Jana, there is diversity of choices. Wanna come for happy hour and socialize — check.  Wanna spend quality time on a romantic date — check.  Wanna enjoy Lebanese music in the background while hiring your private belly dancer — check.

Overall, it’s a casual yet upscale dining experience — a great place to dine and wine and a good relief from the typical Clarendon/ Courthouse bar scene.  The vibe is mostly modern and peppered with touches of old world décor.

We came for Restaurant Week.  The table starters were freshly baked, warm pita bread along with a plate of olives, oil mixed with herbs and spices, and tangy garlic whip. All so delicious, you feel a bit guilty that you’re not saving that room in your stomach for the entrée.

The main course is the succulent baked brazino with rosemary, lemon, shaved garlic in a white wine sauce. The baked brazino, or European sea bass, was served whole and deboned, wading in white wine sauce with just-crispy-enough string beans and cherry tomatoes.

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Rich, without being heavy, the dish is balanced; the sauce taking on the slight brine of the fish along with the brightness of the lemon and tomato. You’ll leave Me Jana feeling full and satisfied, but not overstuffed.