After the long wait, Proof opens tonight... I went to mock service with some friends, thought I'd share a little about the experience.
The space is very comfortable, handsome... Not big and loud like some of the new places that have opened lately (like Central and Beck's). One feature that's unique is that they have a champagne cart that the sommelier rolls around throughout the night. Nice touch.
The menu is diverse is a good way, and organized by charcuterie, 1st courses, entrees, cheese/dessert. The concept is to share charcuterie and 1st courses. Of the ones we tried, the prosciutto, flatbreads and fois gras were good -- but the standout was the hamachi crudo... fantastic. The entrees are pretty good. Desserts need some inspiration, though the ice creams and sorbets are very nice. They say the menu will grow as the restaurant picks up speed.
Overall a fair experience, also taking into account that the start for any restaurant is tough. Pricey, but an interesting add to DC... Looking forward to hearing how others' experiences are.