The first review of this restaurant (when it first opened) was terrible so I wasn't interested. Then it got listed in the top 100 in Washingtonian magazine, so we wanted to try it. Liked the atmosphere, nice neighborhood place. Tables were packed one on top of the other though. Service was attentive. Disappointed in the food though. It was not bad, just not worth coming back for. Husband had vichyssoise - had little taste. Mussels were large, but broth was just "eh." Needed more garlic. He thought the frites were the best part of his meal. I had the house salad. Fresh ingredients but the dressing usually makes the salad. It needed something - garlic or more vinegar or fresh pepper (which was not offered). My fish was a special for the night. It was cooked nicely and the portion was generous - it just didn't have much flavor. It was supposed to have a pomegranate sauce. Came with a creamy risotto. Not much flavor. So bottom line, the service and atmosphere are there. The food looks fresh and is nicely cooked. But the flavor just wasn't there. Maybe the chef had an off night? The herbs and spices took the night off? I agree with my husband. His crunchy fries were the tastiest part of our meal - especially dipped in mayo. As we left, we saw the long line outside of 2 Amy's, and we both thought out loud - could have had a tastier meal there, for less money.
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