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Look Inside Brambleton’s New No-Tipping-Required Restaurant Wine-friendly Ahso is now open

December 18, 2017 | by brambleton
The main dining room at Ahso. 
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Visitors to Ahso, the debut restaurant newly minted restaurateur Jason Maddens has placed in Brambleton Town Center, should count on seeing local ingredients and carefully selected pours cross their table — but never a suggestion to slip staff a little something extra.

“Our prices include the tip,” the menu at this modern American eatery specifies in big bold letters.

An alum of fine-dining establishments including Central and 2941, Maddens was most recently attached to critically acclaimed Clarity in neighboring Vienna, Va. It was there that he began working more with wine, a fascination reflected by the name — the old school dual-pronged wine openers sommeliers used to carry around are called Ah-Sos — of his first solo venture.

Featured selections on the opening menu include cold-smoked oysters with yuzu mignonette ($18); rabbit porchetta glazed with cabernet franc ($18); vegetarian-friendly spaghetti squash with tomato bisque and lentil meatballs ($19); lamb with caramelized Brussels sprouts ($25); gluten-free apple skillet cake with caramel ice cream ($9); and blood orange panna cotta with almond brittle ($9).

Staff tell Eater that walk-ins are welcome anytime, but say reservations are recommended for larger groups.

The restaurant is projected to operate from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday through Saturday, and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Status: Certified open. 22855 Brambleton Plaza #108, Brambleton, Va.website.

Scroll down to peek inside Madden’s new restaurant.

The central bar at Ahso can accommodate at least a dozen customers. 
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Customers ordering wine during a preview dinner at Ahso. 
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Bar staff pouring cocktails at Ahso. 
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A satellite counter at Ahso looks right into the kitchen. 
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Ahso founder and chef Jason Maddens working in the kitchen. 
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A staff member at Ahso drizzles lemon oil over a plate of sous vide butternut squash studded with pumpkin seeds, and accompanied by baby carrots, pickled cranberries, and sage-spiked ricotta. 
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Ahso founder and chef Jason Maddens checks on customers during a preview dinner at his new restaurant. 
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