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Cafe du Parc Restaurant Review: With its very French name and picturesque views of Pershing Park outside the Willard InterContinental Washington, Café du Parc adds an element of sophistication to the downtown DC dining scene. Besides, the menu --- if not the actual kitchen itself --- is overseen by one of Europe’s most famous chefs: Antoine Westermann. He has structured a contemporary French bistro menu that has great appeal to the sophisticated clientele who partake of cocktails at the downstairs bar, a casual lunch on the terrace, or a fancier meal upstairs. There, the wide open kitchen makes a good setting for patrons enjoying the deconstructed Caesar salad or classic croque monsieur at lunch, or the heartier French onion soup, with its pool of melted Gruyère on top. Other lunch specials include a heaping bowl of steaming, wine-soaked mussels or macaroni and cheese with duck confit. Dinners are more elegant, and include several of the restaurant’s classics, such as the mussels, plus a short list of chef Westermann’s seasonal favorites. These might include risotto coquilles St-Jacques or oven-poached salmon with leeks and black truffles. The chef’s classic French desserts are all appealing.