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$70  + Tax/Tip
Tue, 2/27
5:30 PM & 8:00 PM
H Street Corridor


Day 1: 5-Course Elevated Filipino Tasting Event

Opened this past September on the H Street Corridor, this Filipino eatery whose name in Tagalog means “the fruit of one’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations” has been gathering accolades by the armful, including spots on Washingtonian’s “10 Most Exciting Openings” List, Bon Appetit’s “Most Anticipated Openings of 2023” List, and Robb Report’s “11 Most Anticipated Openings in America” List of 2023. Small surprise, as the opening chef, Paolo Dungca, was named a “Rising Star” Chef by StarChefs in 2022. At Hiraya, diners discover exciting flavor combinations in dishes like beet adobo with black garlic and bay leaf, pork chop “Dinuguan” with burnt coconut and shishito peppers, jumbo prawns in a coconut kale stew, cassava cake, and much more. “The café’s food platters will have you glued to your wicker basket seat,” raves Infatuation. Naturally, we are primed to visit and to learn more from hosting Chef Julie Cortes about a world cuisine whose refinements are not always seen.

About the Host:

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Julie Cortes

Executive Chef

Born and Raised in the Philippines, Chef Julie Cortes has made her mark since her move to DC, previously serving as Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi, Wildflour, and as Chef De Cuisine at Kaliwa from 2019-2022. She now serves as Executive Chef at Hiraya.

The Lineup

Courses #1-#4 will be served family style. Course #5 will be individually plated. For this event’s dietary restriction accommodation policy, see the Event FAQs below.

  1. Wagyu Lumpia

    spring rolls with sweet and sour berries

  2. Nata de Coco

    squid, coconut, kilawin vinaigrette

  3. Duck Adobo

    moulard duck leg confit, black garlic adobo

  4. Sarong Prawns

    kataifi, blood orange, seasonal herbs

  5. Frozen Banana-Cue

    smoked banana mousse, latik crumble


1250 H St NE

Washington, DC 20002

Event FAQs

Do I have to bring printed tickets to the event?
No tickets are needed.
What does the ticket price cover?
The ticket price covers the full cost of the meal.
What dietary restrictions/food allergies can be accommodated at this event?
At this event we will be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions and food allergies. Just make sure to update your dietary restrictions within your Account Info before or after you purchase tickets, or email us at [email protected] after you purchase tickets to let us know what your allergies/restrictions are so we can give the chef a heads up.
Do guests need to be of a certain age to attend this event?
Yes. All attendees must be 21+ to gain entry.
Does this restaurant allow BYOB?
No. This restaurant is a non-BYO establishment. Outside alcohol will not be permitted at this event.
What is the event ticket cancellation/refund policy?
Tickets to our events are non-refundable. However, for emergency requests, we may allow members to transfer their tickets to friends, provided the guest ticket surcharge of $25 is paid when transferring a member ticket to a non-member. All ticket transfer requests (as well as the guest ticket surcharge) must be sent to us prior to the event. Any guests who have not paid the guest ticket surcharge will not be allowed entry.
What must I bring to the event?
Please make sure to bring a government-issued photo ID.
Can I bring guests/non-members to this event?
Yep! For this event, guest tickets are $90 + tax & tip, and you can bring up to 3 guests. Please note, guests are not allowed to attend unaccompanied by a member.

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