Coming to Penn Quarter

Early 2020

 This winter, explore the intersections of Spanish and Japanese cuisine at Cranes, a restaurant and sake lounge by chef Pepe Moncayo. Chef Pepe’s contemporary dishes spotlight the similarities he has found with the ingredients, techniques and culinary viewpoints of Japan and Spain. From cooking style to ingredient and flavor combinations, his Spanish kaiseki is a natural cultural and culinary marriage.

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About Chef Pepe Moncayo

Pepe Moncayo is chef/partner at the forthcoming Cranes in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, and a partner at Bam!, his first solo restaurant, opened in Singapore in 2013. At Bam!, chef Moncayo built an omakase-style experience unbound by geography. Living in Singapore for 10 years has enriched his cuisine with Asian ingredients and methods. Previous stops include stints under three Michelin star Catalan chef Santi Santamaria at his eponymous Santi in Singapore, Can Fabes and EVO, and as executive chef at two-Michelin-starred Dos Cielos with Javier and Sergio Torres.


"The experience of sake with food compared to wine is on another level."

Chef Pepe Moncayo talks about the fusion of Spanish Catalan and Japanese cuisine in his cooking.

Watch CNN go behind the scenes with Chef Pepe to explore the intersection of food and sake.