Jerry Traunfeld's Lionhead is officially open, bringing the flavors of China's Sichuan Province to the former Confectional space next to Poppy on Capitol Hill.
The restaurant launched last week with "soft openings," but for all intents and purposes, it's open for real. You can eat there Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. It'll eventually open on Mondays as well.
The menu features an array of Sichaun dishes, which rely on bold flavors and liberal use of the spicy, numbing Sichuan peppercorn. At Lionhead, this translates into dishes like the Man and Husband Beef Slices (cold beef in chili oil sauce), Dan Dan Mein, 5-Spice Pressed Tofu and Leeks, and Ma Po Doufu (tofu, pork, douban jiang, chili oil, and Sichuan pepper).
Also of note is the fact that Traunfeld has chosen to make Lionhead a non-tipping restaurant.
"We believe that just like any other business, our prices need to support paying all of our employees an equitable wage with the appropriate benefits. Tipping at Lionhead is not expected, and the price on the menu is what you pay," reads the website.