Partners Aziz Safi, Farid Nouri and Raphael Francois opened their new French restaurant on March 29, 2017, Le DeSales, the 100-seat restaurant located in the heart of Golden Triangle at 1725 DeSales Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. The restaurant specializes in innovative French cuisine led by Executive Chef/Partner Raphael Francois. Additionally, Le DeSales offers a selective list of French-inspired libations with an expansive selection of spirits, craft cocktails and wines that complement the restaurant’s French cuisine.
Raphael Francois brings over 16 years of culinary experience, both in the United States and abroad, to Le DeSales. He has gained notoriety while cooking at top Michelin-star rated restaurants throughout Europe. Raphael began his culinary career in 1997 working alongside Claude Lavalle at Le Giverny in Tournai, Belgium. From there he went on to hold positions in some of the top Michelin-starred kitchens throughout France and Belgium, including Comme Chez Soi, Château du Mylord, La Maison du Boeuf, Sea Grill, Hôtel de Crillon, Four Seasons Hotel Georges V, Hélène Darroze, Le Chalet d’Adrien and Château de Curzay. The fine dining restaurant Hélène Darroze at the Connaught Hotel in London was awarded one Michelin star after five months, and two Michelin stars in January 2011 under Raphael’s watch. Most recently, Raphael held the position as executive chef at Le Cirque restaurant in New York City, where he served for two years.
Aziz Safi and Farid Nouri worked with Areetoon Jayanan Architecture & Interior Design to create the 3,100-square foot, 119-seat space, which has a tranquil feel inspired by modern French and Belgian brasseries. The main dining room accommodates 68 guests seated. Those looking to focus their attention on the restaurant’s expansive wine selection are encouraged to grab a seat at the 14-seat white stone bar or 16-seat lounge. A sidewalk café with views of the historic Mayflower Hotel is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 18 guests. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. For reservations or additional information please visit www.LeDeSales.com.