This visit was a long awaited wish-list item. It did not disappoint ! Everything was representative of an almost forgotten time of exceptional standards.
The Sandy Hill location is amidst embassies and venerable old mansions - as is the one in which this restaurant is located. You are welcomed at the door as if entering a private home and ushered into a beautiful understated dining room. Starched white linens , silverware and vintage French music complete this authentic "Parisian" feel. The menu is a "fixed" , table d'hote, with two choices each of appetizer, main and dessert. $29 for all 3 items or $19 for just the main. We were here for lunch and only wanted to try the main. I chose a steak salad and my husband had the cod. Both dishes arrived in short order as works of art . The Cod was perfectly poached and laid atop a bed of delicate vegetables also done 'just right'. Beautiful broth-like fish "jus" completed the dish. My steak was served classic bistro style with a smallish serving of meat crusted with peppercorns and pre-carved for ease. A wonderful pea-puree was smeared artfully on the plate and anchored a heaping portion of micro greens /watercress salad.
Wonderful baguette and chilled butter to boot.
Probably the best wine list I have ever seen. A daily house cocktail was offered but we went with one of the excellent wine by-the-glass choices . Wines by the bottle were organized by country and included two organic selections. The extensive menu ended with a list of "Prestige" wines that ranged from a $375 Margaux to a Rothchild at $1500. We decided to save that for another time !
Two mains and two glasses of vintage wines came to $65 with tax.........well worth it for an exceptional experience at an iconic establishment. Will definitely be back.
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