Capitol Hill’s Terra Plata debuts in the Melrose Market

A busy first night for Terra Plata (Images: Suzi Pratt)

Terra Plata opened its huge wooden doors at the south end of the Melrose Market to the public Wednesday night bringing an epic Capitol Hill restaurant story to the next book in the series.

Terra Plata was very full on its sneak-preview early opening night but seats were available at the communal table.

The menu is only a page long. Servers advise either ordering one “sea” or “land” entree for yourself, or sharing one and adding a couple of small plates. Dishes included cappelletti roasted squash with browned sage butter and hazelnuts, rabbit påté, served with mustards, pickled onions, and slices of bread and roast pig served with clams still in their shells, chickpeas, pickled onions, chorizo, and chicharrónes (fried pork rinds).

Terra Plata’s Tamara Murphy has said her “earth to table” restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner but you might want to give a call before heading over while things get going at the new venture. You can learn more from Terra Plata’s Facebook page.