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Dec 19, 2005



My roommate and I partook in Restaurant Week for the first time last. We tried Dino in Cleveland Park because we always pass it on our weekly trips to Nam Viet. WOW! What a great experience! The menu is open, so you aren't limited to their selections, plus they offer a "good" wine tasting flight for just $10 more and a "better" wine tasting flight for $15 more. We ate so much and everything was delicious. If you live near Cleveland Park, you should definitely check it out! You won't be disappointed. I recommend the 3 cheese selection, the chopped salad and the steak.

Chery T

Did Corduroy tonight..we were not disappointed. Asked for Pamela, our server last RW in Aug. She is wonderful. We dined from 8 - midnight. Couldn't decide on the first course, so we did 2. We both had the squash soup (the cauliflower was not offered, it sold out the evening before, they were making new). The soup was a type of Japanese squash with bacon, ham and foie gras all pureed together - excellent. For our second first course my husband had the lobster salad and I had the micro greens with lemon dressing,very refreshing. For the main entree I had to try the scallops, and my husband had the pork belly. He said it was quite good, the scallops lived up to their reputation. For dessert we had the creme brulee and the chocolate hazelnut bars. We splurged on an expensive (at least to us anyway, $75) bottle of wine (a Pinot, it was nice and smooth). One thing I like about Corduroy is that you get a full serving for each dish. At Galileo Thurs night I was surprised how small the portions were - I was wondering if that is the normal serving size or just because of restaurant week. As someone stated in another post, my husband and I both had a problem with the ravioli appetizer, they were both luke warm. I guess we should have brought it up to the server, obviously they were having a problem getting the appetizers out in a timely manner. I don't think we will return if the entrees are really that small - especially since my husband had the beef, which had a $12 surcharge. It was ridiculously small, albeit so tender you could cut it with a fork.


Went to Tosca Monday night for dinner. Their menu is very open: you can have one of the pasta courses as a first course (smaller portion) or a main course (not-as-small portion), meaning the menu has lots of combinations. There were lots of seafood selections on the menu, and I'm not a seafood eater, so I had a pasta as a main course. I had the veal cheeks over polenta and spinach for a first course. The veal fell apart when I touched it with the fork. Between the bread and this first course, I didn't need anything else...but it was Restaurant Week, so of course I ate more! The olive and thyme papparadelle (excuse the spelling) with Jerusalem artichoke and lamb ragu was delicious. My boyfriend had the scallops for a first course and the steak for his main course. He said the steak was burned, so I tried it--no, it wasn't burned, but it had a definite smoky flavor, so I understood why he thought it tasted burned. I had the gelato trio for dessert and he had the sorbet trio. The sorbet was his favorite part, so I'm not sure what that really says about the scallops and steak...

Friday afternoon we went to Vidalia for lunch. My boyfriend and I both had the French onion soup for a first course. It was a nice-sized crock of soup. Instead of putting a piece of bread and cheese directly on top of the soup, they served the crock with a long, slim crackery thing that tasty cheesy. I broke it up into the soup to serve as makeshift croutons. The soup had mushrooms in it--they were plentiful--so I did my best to push them to the side. There were some pieces of duck meat in the soup, which added a nice touch. My boyfriend had the duck breast ($6.50 upchange) for his main course. The duck was very tender when served medium rare. The orange glaze was a little overpowering. I had the chicken and dumplings. Instead of serving chunks of chicken in the dish, there was a piece of chicken consisting of the breast and the leg. You could control your chicken to sauce to dumpling ratio. The dumplings were disappointing. They looked beautiful, with little flecks of parsley and herbs, but their taste and texture was quite the opposite. The dumplings were dry and pretty flavorless. They tasted kind of like dry sponges (although I've never eaten one, I can only assume...). The chicken was very moist, though, with some crispy, nearly fatless skin. The best part of the meal was dessert. The lemon chess tart was kind of like a lemon bar. The crust was flaky and lovely, while the lemon filling was tart and sweet at the same time. The bittersweet chocolate cheesecake was served over some sort of cherry sauce--juices and whole cherries--which I wasn't a fan of. The cheesecake itself was refreshingly bittersweet.

Tonight we're going to Red Sage. This was our favorite place last Restaurant Week. I hope it lives up to our memories!


Does anyone know about Restaurant Weeks in the suburbs (ie. Bethesda, Chevy Chase, etc.)? I think Bethesda is supposed to have one, but the people who run the city's website never got back to me. The website's info still reflect last year's RW.




Re: small portions at Galileo -- last August, I went to Galileo for lunch, and they still had a 3 course $20 lunch special on the menu. I ordered the entree off the 3 course menu, my friend ordered the same entree off the regular menu, and my entree was noticeably smaller in portion than hers.


Can anyone tell me about Majestic Cafe's Restaurant Week menu? I have reservations for Sunday night. Thanks!!


Majestic said they're offering their entire menu which is on their website. They didn't say if there are any surcharges on items. I'm actually going there tonight too.

VP of Dior

Went to 1789 on Friday for dinner and it was fabulous. We arrived 20 min early but the hostesses were very nice and prepared a table for us right away. We sat in the John Carroll room right in front of the fireplace. Tres romantic! It took a little while for our server to present the menu and wine list. For my first course I had the scallop margarita - scallops in a lime sauce with avocado and tequila ice ball. Very very full of interesting flavors. My boyfriend had the oyster soup and it contained very large, done to perfection oysters. For the second course I had the rack of lamb with feta potatoes and garlic spinach. I've since heard it is a DC classic, and while eating it I could taste why. The lamb was tender and the potatoes were out of this world. My boyfriend had the grilled monkfish served over scallops and garlic spinach. I'd never had monkfish before and it was very good and meatier than I expected. Our third course was dessert and I got the lemon marscapone cheesecake and he got the chocolate cake. Both were very rich and left us VERY full. Overall, the service was great (our glasses were never empty) and the food was delicious. My lamb did have a $10 surchage and my glass of wine was $9, so the total bill plus tip was around $100.00. But for two people that is still very good! I'm very glad I finally got a chance to go there.


Zengo's website says they are extending RW through Jan. 31st.

Heather B.

IndeBleu is extending their lunch restaurant week menu through the 22nd.

I can't wait to see what you have to say about Zengo (that is where you went correct?)

Jasmine Sante

Other restaurants that are extending RW:

701's website implies that they are extending. Call to confirm.

Aquarelle is extending. Menu in PDF at http://www.watergatehotel.com/docs/restaurant_week_jan_06.pdf


To whoever asked: Morrison Clark was fabulous for RW this year.


Not to beat a dead horse here, but count me in as one of the many who were horribly disappointed by Butterfield 9 last night. I had the scallops, the grilled trout, and the creme brulee.

The scallops were good, but not good enough to make up for the lack of taste within the rest of the dish. The trout was a decent portion size (so if you're hungry, I'd recommend it), but the spinach, or lack thereof, wasn't creamed, and the bacon that accompanied it looked like something I would feed my neighbor's dog.

The creme brulee was decent, but felt as if it had been sitting out, waiting for an unsuspecting RW patron to order it.

The meal, service, and decor was average at best, which is disappointing at a restaurant that bills itself to be one of the hottest in the world.

If you've got reservations there for later in the week, you might want to think about a plan B.


Butterfield 9, dinner, Monday night:

So the ginger cookie was amazing.

Unfortunately it came with my date’s dessert, there was only one, and I only got a bite. And that bite was really the only highlight of the meal.

I'd read that B9 often served small portions, but that the food was good and hell, at $30.05 for a 3-course meal, who can complain?

I can.

The waiter was effective, if not gracious, and the bread was adequate, if not warm or particularly interesting. (At one point later in the night we asked for more bread, and it came without the accompanying whipped butter… I was determined to eat it without the butter, but in the end I gave up—no butter, no flavor.)

I wish we hadn’t had to order all three courses at once, because my taste for dessert changed during the meal, but ce la vie.

The corn soup, billed as “Sweet Yellow Corn Soup: conch, bell pepper crème fraiche, chive” was only luke-warm, and very light on the conch. It was pure corn puree, no chunks or texture, with a red pepper crème fraiche dabbed into the center that was actually very flavorful. The flavor of the soup was fine, but it lacked heat, both in terms of temperature and any kind of spice. It was no more refined than the boxed stuff I get at Whole Foods.

My entrée was a salmon and calamari concoction, described on the menu as “Seared Salmon and Calamari: ratatouille of vegetables, sauce poivrade, arugula.” To me, the sauce tasted like the congealed soy gunk that’s left in the bottom of 3-day old teriyaki chicken- not good. The ratatouille was overwhelmingly salty and bitter, and had a bit of a skin on it (from being refrigerated for a day?) (Wikipedia says poivrade is a pepper sauce, often used with venison…. Salmon is not venison. At all. Poor choice.) The salmon, a piece about the size of a deck of cards (I know, the FDA recommended portion size) was under seasoned and overcooked. I saw no arugula. The calamari, curled into 3 little balls in the corner, was bland and chewy, although textured such that it sucked up much of the sauce.

Dessert was a mango sorbet. By now I was wishing I had chosen the cheesecake, since I was still wicked hungry.. The 3 small scoops (think melon-ball sized) of sorbet were tasty, very juicy, and topped with half a small strawberry, but certainly no more exciting than anything I’ve had at Ben & Jerry’s.

So, in conclusion, I could have made a very similar meal (possibly a better one) with Whole Foods boxed soup ($2.99/liter), my mom’s old salmon (free!), leftover Chinese (say, $0.50?) and a quick stop at B&J’s (maybe $2.00). That’s $5.50 total—a far cry from the “discounted” Restaurant Week price of $30.05.

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