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Posted by A. Nonymous on 09/02/2006
My wife and I recently moved to Alexandria and have been searching for that "Dare to be great" dining experience here and have been dissapointed on many occasions. One would think in this uber-cool area there would be many competators but there have not. We found what we were looking for at Gadsby's! Finally, someone gets it right. Simple, fresh ingredients skillfully prepared in just the right portions. The wine list is not exhaustive but it doesn't have to be with the right selections on the menu. Starting with Martha's puff pastry was a delightful way to tease the palate. The creamy salmon filling was not fishy but was as a light ocean breeze, the way it should be. My wife had the house standard, prime rib of beef, which was done correctly and to her specifications. I opted for a special that night, beef bordelais. Set infront of me was four, fork-tender, medallions of beef with a red wine and shallot reduction surrounding perfectly seasoned rosemary mashed potatoes and fresh grilled asparagus. We finished with a light and fluffy desert of fresh berries with cream and coffee beans. The wait-staff was friendly, the host was accomodating (we didn't have reservations) and the manager knew exactly what was going on both in the kitchen and in the dining room. The atmosphere is a little dark and rustic, but hey, it's an old tavern and probably hasn't changed much in the past couple of centuries. Bottom line: this is a stand-up restaurant which should be a standard.