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Posted by anonymous on 08/16/2010
I gave the chilled popcorn soup a try and I was pleasantly surprised with the perfect temperature, appropriate thickness and great blend of flavors. A creative palate will enjoy this appetizer. The grilled iron steak was prepared precisely to my preference and was very moist and full of rich flavor. My third dining experience in the Oval Room solidified my opinion that this place deserves my continued patronage.
Posted by BellaK on 05/23/2008
The chef is trying to be creative with ingredients and flavor cominations - there's obviously a heavy influence from the NYC vogue for the bizarre. But except for the desserts, the effort is falling flat. I began with the shrimp appetizer with the seasonal ingredient, rhubarb, and an intrguing "olive powder". The shrimp were dull: three flavorless, boiled, cold shrimp. The rhubarb was overly sweet and pureed into gelatinous goo. The olive powder tasted just as bad as you might imagine dried olives would taste. The flavors did nothing for each other, competed for attention, and eventually merged into a overly salty, overly sweet cold fishy taste. Unpleasant. The gnocchi was fine: inoffensive, reliable. But if you have the patience to wait for it, I'll admit the desserts are quite special. Although it tasted much more like a lemon poppyseed cake than a 'white chocolate gateau', it was delicious. And at least here the chef had the good sense to let the rhubarb - diced, crispy, perfectly sour, slightly spiced - show off its skills.
Posted by Texas Jules on 02/21/2008
I came here w/ a friend of mine on a Tuesday night, the waiters were very friendly and a knowledgeable staff. We got the foie gras dumplings...very good although I wish it had a bit more foie gras in them...a faint taste of foie gras but I like it having a stronger taste. I got the crispy duck. The cabbage under the duck was SOOO good! I believe they caramelized it and used apple cider to cook it...SO good! The duck was alright but the pistachio paste and duck raviolis (sides) were pretty good. I didn't fully care for the sweet potatoe pie and it was a bit too salty for me. Overall, this was a pleasant dining experience with unusual and pretty good ingredients. I would come here again!
Posted by Tim S on 09/04/2006
Just went to dine there on a whim and found the story of the year. Two new chefs from one of the best restaurants in NYC moved to DC. All of the food was inovative and amazing, there is nothing elese like it in DC. I Had the Buratta with apicot textures and lettuces, the Halibut Cooked with chorizo oil and fennel and the Cofee and Doughnuts for dessert. I will be back next week to try some more of the menu. On a side note the tasting menu looks Very cutting edge and well worth a trip. Although not exspensive i am going to save that for a special ocasion.