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The Oval Room

rebelzero and I took advantage of DC's summer restaurant week to dine at The Oval Room last evening. While normally, as I understand, you might see the rich and powerful there, the crowd we saw looked like us: young, not especially important, and up for a gourmet meal at a discount price. The atmosphere was quiet enough for conversation, and the service was excellent. I had steamed mussels in a parsley garlic broth (not nearly as plump as the ones I recently had in Ottawa, but the broth made up for it), pork tenderloin with crispy polenta (just "eh"), and bittersweet chocolate mousse with strawberry confit (yum). rebelzero had a classic caésar salad (with reportedly really good parmesan cheese); chicken breast with taleggio crust, radicchio mushroom confit and foie gras sauce (reportedly good); and the same chocolate mousse for dessert. As I commented, though, in my mind the food was a mere accompaniment to the wine, a bottle of syrah—full-bodied, contrary to any wine that might be suggested to suit what we ate, and wonderful.

That said, I wouldn't recommend The Oval Room on the basis of its food. In this city, there's no reason not to choose someplace with mind-blowing food and great wine. Among those I've visited and would recommend instead are Grapeseed and Jaleo, and I know there are many others.



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Aug. 6th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
Feel free to donate your recommendations to wikitravel. I didn't end up anywhere good in DC last year :(
Aug. 8th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
I didn't know about wikitravel. Between that and ChefMoz and Epinions' restaurant section and whatnot, I perceive a centralization problem. If only Google would step in and assimilate them all. :)
Aug. 8th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
They all seem to have slightly different purposes though. Wikitravel is meant to be a free travel guide not all that far removed from Lonely Planet etc etc. I expect it will only get very cursory coverage of any particular restaurant, but that's OK for me, I want to use it when I'm only in a city for a brief stay.
Aug. 8th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
Vidalia is also a great place to eat (though pricy when it's not restaurant week).
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