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Bastille Day at Et Voila!

Join us for the celebration of Bastille Day!

The Chef will prepare a 3 courses menu in addition to a la carte menu.

Country Pate

Red Snapper Bouillabaisse Style

Paris Brest

The three course menu will be available for 49,50$.

We will also have a traditional cocktail for the event called Peroquet.


Et Voila!'s "Floating Islands" in The Washington Post


How Et Voila’s chef makes floating islands, with an upgrade
By Bonnie S. Benwick, Deputy Food editor/Recipe editor
The Washington Post
June 18, 2015


Renee Comet for The Washington Post; styling by Bonnie S. Benwick

Eaten any clouds lately? That’s what it’s like to dive into floating islands, the gently cooked meringues surrounded by vanilla custard sauce.

Claudio Pirollo learned how to make them the classic French way, as a cook’s apprentice in Belgium at age 16. But at his Et Voila! in the Palisades, the chef has reengineered the recipe to make it more restaurant-kitchen efficient, and in doing so, he’s done the world a favor. Instead of poaching the islands in milk, he steams them briefly in the oven. Piped into ring molds, they become modern structures that he finishes a la brulee.

Make them for a dinner party, up to 2 days in advance. Your guests will be impressed, and you’ll be floating on air.

Recipe: Floating Islands (Iles Flottantes) featured in The Washington Post Plate Lab, June 18, 2015

Join Et Voila! at the Best of Washington

Et Voila! will be at the Washingtonian’s Best of Washington tasting party on Wednesday, June 17 from 6-10 p.m. at the National Building Museum. Enjoy delicious food and drink from 75 of D.C.’s top-rated restaurants including Et Voila! A portion of proceeds go to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Purchase tickets online here and be sure to stop by and say hello!

Eater's 25 Essential Burgers in DC

mussels-burger-washington-dc-et-voilaEt Voila!’s Mussel Burger made the Washington DC Eater list of the top 25 essential burgers in DC.


What makes a burger essential in D.C.? Some of these are insanely popular, or very well-executed. Others have stood the test of time, or have a significant place in D.C. burger history. Still others are newer burgers that have already made a splash after a relatively brief time on Washington menus. What they have in common: they’re all worth a try, and they’re all at least a year old (go here for hot new burger action).

11 Et Voila!

The burger: the Mussel burger. The mussel burger might be one of D.C.’s weirdest burgers, but it’s a true original.

Read the full blog here.

Washingtonian's 100 Best Restaurants Celebrating Easter

Washingtonian Best Bites Blog / Holiday Eats /
Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants Celebrating Easter 2015

By Anna Spiegel | March 30, 2015


Easter is this Sunday, April 5, and plenty of restaurants around Washington are celebrating. Many of our 100 Best Restaurants are joining the festivities, offering special brunches, Greek Easter festivities (most of which are Sunday, April 12), all-day prix-fixe menus, and in one case, a vegan-friendly spread.

Et Voila!

5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW

Festive brunch and dinner specials round out the regular menu at this Palisades bistro, such as lobster salad, braised lamb shank and artichokes over gnocchi, and a chocolate egg dessert.

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Washingtonian 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015


100 Very Best Restaurants 2015: No. 90 Et Voila!

Reviewed by Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Anna Spiegel, Cynthia Hacinli

There are more imaginative restaurants than this storefront charmer in the Palisades. But few are more consistent or more dependably satisfying. That’s not damning with faint praise – it’s exactly what you want from a classic French-Belgian bistro.

You want to know that the greens will be dressed tartly but lightly, that the bread will be crusty, that the duck confit will come apart easily, that the chocolate mousse and creme brulee will taste just like they do in Paris. Every so often, chef/owner Claudio Pirollo springs a surprise on you, such as a delicately rendered sea-bass tartare that would be the envy of every trendy bistro downtown. Not that plates like this portend a new direction for the chef or his cafe–no, not even the teensiest embrace of trends. That’s just the way you want it, too.

Don’t miss:

  • Country pate
  • Gravlax
  • Mussel burger
  • Steamed mussels with cream and endives; beef carbonnade; floating island; waffle with blueberry compote; profiteroles. Moderate.

The Wordly Bite - Culinary Moments from Around the World

Et Voila! A Belgian Bijou in the Palisades

Cecile Remington

It was just last year that I was introduced to Et Voila!, thanks to my good friend Brigitte and I am forever grateful.

Et Voila! is a hidden gem nestled in the Palisades, a neighborhood in Washington, D.C.  As you walk through the door into the long and narrow Belgian and French bistro, you are welcomed by vintage prints from The Adventures of Tintin, the famed comic book series created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi. The service is on point and the décor is fun.

A little bit about the uber-talented and jovial Chef Claudio Pirollo. His name may ring a bell,  he used to be a chef at Montmartre, the popular eatery on the Hill and then at the Irish Embassy. After that, in 2008, he opened Et Voila!. Chef Pirollo of Belgian and Italian descent brings passion to each dish he creates. Using only the freshest organic ingredients, Chef Pirollo offers a menu that includes traditional Belgian fare such Carbonnade a la flamande (Flemish ale-simmered beef stew) , Liège waffles, speculoos ice cream, but also French dishes such as steak frites, braised rabbit leg and French onion soup.

Yesterday,  a few friends and I headed over to Et Voila! for a late lunch and as to be expected, it did not disappoint. As soon as we sat down, we were brought over warm French baguette slices in a basket enveloped in a French newspaper. La classe!

While I perused the menu, my eyes kept jumping from one item to another, but my heart lied with the moules and pastis. For those who are unfamiliar with pastis, it is a anise-flavored spirit and apéritif from France. Just a fantastic and creative combination!   As the steamed mussels pot was brought over and the top was removed, a waft of licorice filled the air and it was pure bliss. Not only was the scent intoxicating but it was just so pretty.  The mussels, explained by Chef, came from Canada, which are some of the best. Each bite literally left me wanting more and the sauce was so good that I just had to soak it up with the accompanied Belgian frites.

After my delectable main course, I moved on to dessert, and immediately chose the nutella crêpes. The perfectly triangle-shaped crêpes, topped with powdered sugar, were filled with a generous portion of the hazelnut chocolate spread. Délicieux! 

Let’s just say that I left the restaurant with a huge smile and a very content belly.  Merci beaucoup Chef for the warm welcome!

If you have not yet been to Et Voila!, I strongly recommend it. It is consistently named one of the “100 Best Restaurants” by Washingtonian and once you have a meal there, you will understand why.