Tuesday, 21 August 2012
This was one of the most talked restaurants in Washington so we had to try it out. We were already there after 8pm yet the restaurant was still packed as well as the bar and people waiting outside. We waited at the bar and grabbed a drink. I got the "smash light" - mix of strawberry, basil, lemon, clover honey, seltzer. It was very refreshing drink with fruits and honey. We waited about an hour before we got a table.
Our server was pretty awesome, he studied in U of T in TO so we felt the Canadian connection. He recommended some of his favourites to start off. Our first dish is the wild boar ragu. This was my favourite of the night. The pappardelle pasta was freshly made, I seriously felt in love with fresh pasta after this dish. From now on, new view on pasta, can really taste the difference between freshly prepared vs. dried ones. The wild boar was very tender and just melts in your mouth with the sauce.
The second dish was the fried green tomatoes with rabbit confit and olive oil poached tomatoes. Green tomatoes seems to be a very popular item in lots of the menus here. The batter was nice and crispy with the tomato. The rabbit confit was full of flavour which went well with the more blend taste of the tomato.
The third dish was the sweetbread and bacon ravioli. People who don't know would think that sweetbread is a type of bread, or if they researched it, they will know that it is made of glands, pancreas. Once they know what it is then they will be grossed out and not try it. I have tried sweetbreads in other restaurants and it was good. This was the first time I tried that is stuffed in a ravioli. It is a different taste as the ones I have eaten are fried.
We ended up getting one more dish which was the braised cheek with spanish sofrito and stone grits. The cheek was very tender and very flavourful. The grits went well to balance out the taste so it wasn't too salty. It was a delicious meal, all the plates we got were very creative and tasty. It was definitely worth the hour wait!
1320 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005