As you will see, my first meal here roughly 15 months ago was not outstanding--the restaurant responded to my review and invited me to come back for a complimentary meal. I also wrote a review about that meal--it went much better but still didn't astonish me. But I kept hearing great reviews and couldn't believe that everybody had such bad taste. Moreover Tom Sietsma (the Post's restaurant critic) recently re-reviewed it and said great things, especially about the new chef, Sebastian. So I went back tonight hoping the third time would be the charm.
We ate at the communal table because we had no reservation--it was very noisy but otherwise fine. And my guest and I had one of the best meals I can remember--everything was astonishingly good. I had the fish of the day--a seared swordfish on a sauce romesco (without bread) and my guest had the crab cakes. We shared asparagus in savory sabayon, and farro and petits pois (brilliant combination). I've never had better, bar none. And my guest had the berry tart and I had chocolate sorbet (a bit icy from being melted and re-frozen) but wonderfully tasty. The wine was sensational as well.
The service was fantastic. It was very expensive (over $120 a person with only a little wine) but for the first time I thought it was worth every penny. So the third time WAS the charm. I now understand all the reviews. I hope Chef Sebastian stays--I can see the difference.
Plus it is a very pretty restaurant (I just wish they could do something about the noise).
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