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Posted by Grace Ho on 11/19/2013
I have never given a five stars to any restaurant I went to in DC, I guess this will have to be the first one. I read about the place in a food blog, so I decided that I got to give it a try. It is located in Shaw, which I considered living before, but eventually settled elsewhere more bustling two and a half years ago. The area has come along very nicely. I like the fact that they release Friday and Saturday night booking options via the internet with Opentable. I normally do not go to a place that I am not sure if I have a table or not. I will walk in on a weekday. The worse is you are hungry and you don't get a table. Arrived the place, it is right next to the supper club, I mean the supper club and I won't name names. The hostess was courteous and noted my request in the Opentable as well. One plus point to start with. The place has a good vibe, it was busy, customer looks relaxed, and enjoying the food. The menu is simple, and not too many items. I never have objection to that, as long as it is good. Though the drinks menu has plenty of choices, smart too, since the cut is probably higher. I ordered a craft beer with the name of DC Corruption! A higher alcohol % I would normally have, but with a name like that, I got to give it a try. We started with the Crab Roulette, Wine Pear Salad with Crispy prosciutto, spiced cottage cheese (which was made in-house, told by the Manager/co-owner Sherman Outhuok). The cheese, the pear and the prosciutto as crunchy element make the salad so yum. The Crab Roulette was very tasty, with golden brown bread crumbs coating. For main course I had the Grilled Delmonico Steak baby spinach, coffee dust, bordelaise sauce, the cut is a shoulder one, and it was tender cook right to medium rare. My companion's duck breast was just as good. He asked to move into the place! For dessert, we shared a chocolate dishes which I cannot remember what it call, but it was esthetically lovely. I love it when a restaurant put effort into plating. This is new American cuisine at its best, great food with fresh ingredients. I love it and will be back.