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Jul 05, 2005

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jim collins

Jason thanks for all the work you put into this. Your recommendations are great.

Ruben

I did Bombay Club last year, they had 3 choices each for the appetizer, the entree, and dessert. I had the papri chaat, lamb fenugreek, and carrot pudding dessert, all very good. Shame about the restrictive menu, their other offerings are very unique and quite tempting, Indian food most other places just do not have such as their Goan (Portuguese) and Parsi (Persian) influenced dishes.

Heather

Love the new design!

Jason

Ruben,
Did they enforce the jacket requirement during Restaurant Week?

P

Jason,

Belga is good, but not Restaurant Week worthy if only because it's more affordable than most of the others available to try. I do recommend their mussles and brunch menu, however.

Ruben

We did wear jackets and I would bring one just in case, no need for a tie, though. I noticed some other patrons did not have coats (or left them at the coat check--maybe we did too, can't recall), but they appeared to be regulars. A group of chirping young bunnies came in dressed totally casual, but the dress code does not apply to women. This place has a much more extensive menu than is shown on their website. Even with the restricted menu, it is worth going if you haven't been, IMO. I am guessing my meal was $35 if regularly priced.

Elisabeth

We will be visiting D.C. that week; we were there during restaurant week last year and loved it. This year, we will have our 3 year old with us probably 2 of the 3 nights we eat out. She is pretty well-behaved, but a very fussy eater. Can anyone recommend a place where nobody will give us dirty looks if we bring her along, won't take 3 hours, and she can maybe get a bit of mac n cheese or plain pasta? (or grilled cheese, plain quesadilla, etc.) Thanks so much!

BillR

OpenTable.com Confusion - Note when visiting the list at www.resaurantweekdc.com (or elsewhere) that the link to OpenTable .com only includes ~70 of the ~120 restaurants. The OpenTable.com link there and even worse on the RAMW page is confusing because the ad is so closely integrated into the text.

1789 Correction? - On my two visits during prior restaurant weeks 1789 only provided a limited (but quite good) selection from the standard menu. I thought it better than several other restaurant week menus which "featured" non-standard items or smaller portions but nothing like the generous diversity of DC Coast or TenPenh where most of the menu was included and only a few items had an up-charge. Any of these three would be a good choice if you can get in.

Note, 1789 does enforce their sport coat (but not tie) policy for men. On my first trip my tie and dress shirt did not suffice. You really don't want their "loaner" jacket. Women are on their own but 1789 definitely leans to the traditional "clubby" / business styles.

Amy

I am very excited about restaurant week! This will be the first time experiencing it, so my question may be a no brainer. Since the meals are only around $30 would I leave a tip according to that price, or the orginal price of the meal? Thanks so much for your help, I really appreciate it. I really enjoy your blog Jason, there is some great information here!

holly

any word on what Taberna del Albardero or Teatro Goldoni will be offering this time around???

Jason

No word yet. I haven't received any information from them yet. Hopefully I have all the info be this weekend.

sara

Does anyone know what iRicchi is offering? Jason, why aren't you going there anymore?

Jason

Nothing against i Ricchi, but I think I'll need a break by then.

holly

here's my line up:

Aug. 1, Galileo dinner
Aug. 3, Taberna del Alabardero, dinner
Aug. 4, Oceanaire dinner, **may canel**
Aug. 5, Teatro Goldoni dinner
Aug. 7, Ceiba dinner

Cheryl T

Jason, What do you think of my itineary (all for dinner)? Should I stick with it? I have never been to any of these restaurants. By the way, I tried to book Vidalia about 3 weeks ago for restaurant week and they were already full. This is the 3rd time without success!
Aug 1 I Ricchi
Aug 2 Corduroy
Aug 3 Cafe 15
Aug 4 Caucus Room

I am also wondering on how to tip based on restaurant week price or full price?

Dave

Corduroy is running RW for 2 weeks! I know that 1789 did the same a couple years ago. Any ideas which restaurants are doing the 2 week run?

sarah

Jason, you're not going to 1789 anymore? Why's that? Personally, I didn't like Teatro Goldini; I don't think it's the best Italian. I loved Taberna del Alaberado though even though their RW menu is rather limited.
Does 1789 offer full menu but with upgrades for certain items?

I'm hitting 1789, Corduroy, Tosca Ristorante, and Bistro Bis. What do you all think?

sarah

Sorry got all confused with the postings. I guess my posting is directed towards Holly.

But, Jason, I am curious where you're going.

Jason

I'm totally going to 1789! I wont say when though. You've chosen wisely in your restaurant week picks Sarah. I hope you have a good time and post comments here about your experiences!

Cheryl T,
Your schedule looks great. I wanted to go to I Ricchi myself, but it looks like this year I won't make it. Your choice of Cafe 15 and Caucus Room leaves something to be desired in my opinion, but really, this is what Restaurant Week is all about -- going to restaurants that you normally wouldn't go to, and not having to worry about breaking the bank.

Remember to tip for the regular menu prices as well. It's not the servers fault that the owners decided to cut their menu prices in half.

sarah

Jason,

I read that there will be a Dirona restaurant week where Dirona-award restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu. Any ideas what the menu is? Will it be priced like the RW next week?

Jason

This is the first I've heard of it, but there is a DiRoNA Foundation Restaurant Week, Aug 22 - 26, 2005. The link below has the participating restaurants across the country. http://washingtonian.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=9&ref=944&pid=12

sarah

That's how I found out about Dirona week. However, I tried calling two restaurants and they have no idea what I was referring to. I guess I will try after the RW next week to confirm that.

Jason

FYI. Lisa from Tosca informed me that even though most of the Open Table reservations are taken, they still have some slots open for phone reservations.

Jason

I just updated the menu for Fin as well.

Jason

For anyone that wants to know, I'll be going to the following restaurants during Restaurant Week:
1) 1789
2) Circle Bistro
3) Bombay Club
4) Vidalia
5) Maybe, just maybe Colvin Run Tavern

I do recommend, that if you can still get reservations at the following places, you go there (make sure you call because OpenTable doesn't always have all the slots for a restaurant):
1) Corduroy!
2) Tosca
3) Dino
4) DC Coast
5) Ceiba

Liz

Love the site! I have reservations at Corduroy, 1789 and Tosca, but now, at the last minute, I need to find a fourth place. I plan on calling DC Coast and Ten Penh tomorrow and begging for a reservation, but was also considering Palette, Signatures, or the Oval Room - any recommendations between those three? Thanks.

Ruben

Jason, are you familiar with the Yakhani Gosht with Navrattan Korma offering at Heritage India? How does it differ from Rogan Gosht?

By the way, you are missing OYA from your list. I stopped by and their RW lunch menu doesn't look too bad, 5 or so choices for app, entree, dessert, but since they are offering it for the entire month of August, really no point in going for RW.

I'm having to find a replacement on short notice for Taberna for tommorrow, I am not pleased with what they are offering. I am considering DC Coast, Heritage India, or Galileo if I can get any of these. Corduroy is booked solid, but they are pretty open next week, they say.

Phil

So how has your RW experience gone so far? Did you already do 1789? We're doing Farenheight tonight and 1789 on Thursday.

tblanchard

Why does Sam & Harry's offer such a pitiful sampling of their menu during Restaurant Week?

Cheryl T

Ate at I Ricchi last night. It was a wonderful experience. We asked our waiter (Jose - we highly recommend him)if he could take things slow, he said during Restaurant Week he has no control over how things come out of the kitchen, but things worked perfectly. We were there for 3 hours and weren't rushed at all (exactly how we like it). We ordered a bruchetta type of appetizer off the menu to start, then picked from the 3 courses offered. I had the florentine tomato bread soup, hubby had the risotto of the day. We both did the fire grilled lemon/sage chicken which was served with the best roasted potatoes and green beans/mushrooms, and for dessert I had the homemade chocolate ice cream, hubby had a lemon mousse dessert with raspberries. We added a somewhat expensive bottle of wine, for us anyway, (Pinot Grigio, Russiz Superiore '02), our total with tip was $168 and worth every penny. Unbelievable service. Worth every penny. We will definitely go back. Tonight we dine at Corduroy, hope the experience there is as enjoyable as we had here.

sarah

I finally went to 1789, a restaurant that I have always wanted to go. To my great disappointment, the food didn't turn out to be as marvelous as I have expected to. I got the mussels for my appetizer and the scallops on thai noodles for my entree. Both the mussels and scallops still had some sand in it. In terms of the taste, I thought Komi served much better scallops. My friend had the scallop martini for appetizer and soft shell crabs for her entree and they were also mediocre. The only good food that I got there was the dessert -- which was the chocolate torte, served with bittersweet chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate. I wasn't happy at all with the food there and was quite glad I only went for RW. Perhaps we should have paid 10 dollars more to upgrade to get the steak and the lamb. However, when I saw those two dishes served at other tables, they do not look too juicy and soft to me. Perhaps others have better experiences?

Jason

I'm going to 1789 on Friday. I'll let you know what my experience is like. I went to Bombay Club last night. I really liked my Lamb Spinach Curry, but Amy really didn't like the Vegetarian Sampler she orders. She thought the dishes were a little dried out. The vegetarian offering on the Restaurant Week menu us not that good and you only have a few options. I'm at Vidalia tomorrow night!

jim collins

I was just at Vidalia tonight, it was great.
Spend the extra $5 and get the veal cheeks appetizer. You will of course burn in hell for eating them, but they were awesome. I had the Summer Cassoulet and the Peach Crisp. Mmmm.

Avoid Fin at all costs I was there Mon night and it was a waste of time and money. "Unremarkable" is being generous.

Culocho

Please let us know how Vidalia was. As you know, it's my favorite!

K

I went to Corduroy last night(it was fabulous!) and saw (as Dave did) that they extended restaurant week through August 14. Do you know which other restaurants, if any, are doing so? I would love to take advantage if there are. Thanks for your help!

Cheryl T

We were at Corduroy last night also and agree, it was fabulous. Our server Pamela was great. She made some good menu suggestions including the wine. We enjoyed a leisurely 3 hour dinner. So far 2 for 2. Tonight we decided to take the night off. Tomorrow we're doing the Caucus Room. Anyone dine there this week yet?

Jen

I just checked out Teatro Goldoni's menu online. They've actually posted their restaurant week menu:
http://www.teatrogoldoni.com/ourmenu/

They are only offering 3, yes 3! entree items - a cheese torellini, a salmon and chk parm. You cannot order off of the full menu for an upcharge. I think that's absurd considering the chef is known for his risotto.

I actually had a fantastic pork rib at Zoofari from this restaurant, but their restaurant week menu is a total turn-off.

I hope 1789 isn't totally booked (although I did find an online coupon good through 9/14 for a $35 3-course meal (upcharge on filet of beef and rack of lamb) so it may be worth waiting so I can hit up Red Sage this week instead.

Amy

Anyone have reports on what Taberna del Alabardero is serving for their RW menu?? Thanks!!

Kelly K

Did Palette for lunch today. I don't know if it's because it's Restaurant Week, but the service was really lackluster. Food was just okay. I'm sorry I didn't take better note of the menu:

Appetizer: crab cake, salad or yellow tomato soup.
Entree: chicken wrap, salmon with barbecue sauce or something beef
Dessert: chocolate mouse or bread pudding

nicole

Rather last minute question since I'm going to Vidalia tonight. Are jackets encouraged for men? I think my date will be bringing one regardless, but I thought I'd ask since the website doesn't provide any variation of "casual" in the dresscode (unless I'm missing something!)

Jason

That's a good question. I'm unaware of any jacket requirement. Hopefully I don't look out of place.

jim collins

TenPenh - Went there tonight because I wanted a dead solid lock on a great meal.
Spicy Calamari Salad + Lamb (rare) + dessert = OMG
It was amazing....everything cooked perfectly. I don't know how they do it.
My bartender/server, Kevin S., was great also, obviously getting slammed but never lost his composure or focus. Fantastic meal.

Debbie

08/04-Last night my family of four ate at Corduroy and had a great evening-besides the food the service was wonderful-all staff was very attentive-requested Pamela and she was wonderful! The soft-shell crab appetizer was great-6.00 extra-but on lunch menu is an entree with no surcharge-two of the party got crispy blue fish-I got the seared scallops which was a great presentation-each scallop was atop a small mound of mashed potatoes with a wonderful sauce with chanterelle mushrooms-only ate half-very filling-the hazelnut chocolate bars were a great dessert-lots of different textures. Debbie

Michael Edwards

Did lunch at Vidalia yesterday. It was packed. Had the 5 onion soup (mediocre), shrimp and grits (good), and lemon chess pie (good). Wife had the salad (good), chicken and dumplings (very good), and pecan tart (very good). Still, would have been very disappointed to have paid full price for any of it. Absolutely no comparison to lunch at Galileo's (inexpensive bar menu offered daily, absolutely delicious desserts) or dinner at the Prime Rib (in my opinion, the city's best restaurant with potatoe skins, signature prime rib, creamed spinach, potatoes au gratin, and Strawberries Romanov ). Trying Colvin Run Tavern today for lunch. Any recommendations?

nicole

Following Michael's format here-
Did Vidalia last night for dinner. I had the roasted vidalia onion (very good), the salmon (also very good) and the chess pie (mediocre). I tasted sugar more than the lemon and I do believe the strawberries were frozen, guh. Why bother putting them on my plate? My date had the crab cakes ("alright"), the ettouffe (which I've spelled wrong I'm sure, but he said was equally alright) and the peach crisp, which was pretty good. I tried some and my kneejerk reaction was that the peaches were, uh, canned. I did have a taste right after the strawberries, so maybe I'm wrong... but baked fresh peaches don't normally taste like that.
All in all, an OK meal with great service, but the dessert really disappointed. I'm not terribly inclined to go back, even on another RW. My meal at TenPenh the night before was outstanding (spring rolls/garlic halibut/lemon ginger cake with strawberry sherbet) and I'll be going back there for sure. Can't wait for Corduroy!

holly

Amy:
Taberna was a big disappointment. they have a complimentary shot of gazpacho, which was good but also the only "Spanish" course, then for starters you have a choice between a salad with duck confit and goat chees and chilled potato leek soup with shrimp and smoked salmon. for the entree you have a choice between mahi-mahi and steak and for dessert it is rice pudding and chocolate mousse with strawberries.

service wasn't great either. big, big disappoinment.

Dave

My RW choices are Vidalia, Corduroy, and Kaz Sushi.
What are the other entrees at Vidalia besides shrimp and grits? Also, is Kaz a worthy choice for RW? I am thinking of doing their tasting menu while my wife will have the RW menu at Kaz. Thanks and happy RW everyone!

nicole

Vidalia does their full menu- check out www.bistrobis.com and click on the RW headline on the front page for Vidalia's menu. Rumor has it Corduroy will be extending their RW pricing into next week, FYI.

Culocho

Oof, ordered off the RW menu at Palette last night. By the time we were done, we were still hungry and had to get another meal. This time we ordered off the normal menu. By doing this we learned that Palette halves their RW entree, and the normal entree was twice the portion of the RW entree. Weak!

Normal menu = good food
RW menu = half the food, half the flavor

sarah

Went to Bistro Bis tonight. Once again, another disappointment. Bistro Bis had a very limited selection of appetizer: pate, and gazpacho; entree: swordfish or chicken. The chicken was, just chicken. Nothing special. The swordfish was too plain and a bit overcooked. The desserts were not bad, but not the best I've had. On top of that, our waiter wasn't too friendly. Guess, after all, it's RW. But I thought restaurants participate in RW to promote themselves. They should do a better job rather than just treat you like crap because you're only paying $30.05.

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