We had a good Saturday dinner out with friends here. My wife had the fried oysters which were excellent but few (6) and smallish. I had the mussels with green curry sauce, large, spicy and a little undercooked (not fully open). Our friends shared a "raw bar--an assortment of oysters and a raw tuna salad they were happy with.
The wine list is fine and the beer list impressive in length and variety. I had a three-glass flight and liked it.
Dinner I was not as happy with. Overall, it's a good menu with a nice variety. My wife had the buffalo short-rib strogonoff with papperdelle pasta and loved it. The meat was tender and very tasty. Very good sauce, too. The other guy and I had the aged beef prime rib. Our waiter told us that it was cooked "blue-rare," then sliced, then poached in jus. The other guy and I ordered this in the 16 oz size. I was disappointed in the flavor. This type of roasting, I learned, does not fully develop the full flavor that the traditional roasting to medium-rare and rare shows. Essentially, the meat is steamed in a flavorful broth. It was the daily special that night. I would go back to the restaurant, but I wouldn't order the roast beef again.
The fourth person had the scallops and risotto, which she was happy with.
An interesting issue came up with the wine. My friend saw and recommended a New Zealand sauvignon blanc he had enjoyed the night before from a liquor store at $9 a bottle. The price here was $36. I spoke to the manager, who was passing by and told him that a 400%
mark-up was "criminal." He said "I'm sorry about that" and no more. But at the end of the dinner, after we had received our bill, the waiter told us that the chef was fixing us something special because the manager didn't want us to go away unhappy about the wine. We got a nice little assortment of dessert samples and thanked them for their kindness.
A good restaurant, nice atmosphere, but not the best in Old Town Alexandria.
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