Last night, despite the cold weather, we wanted to treat ourselves to a very good restaurant. My neighbor has been renovating her kitchen for one month now and it was finally finished. What better way to celebrate than eat in a restaurant she has always been curious when she drove by.
The minute we entered the restaurant, we were greeted warmly by the host. She asked someone to take our coats and given a number to retrieve it. Nice touch! How many restaurants still does this? Then she asked if we had reservations and we said "None." She just smiled and said "Don't worry." And she ushered us to a corner table and bread with butter was quickly placed on our table. Hmmm. I am really liking the service here. We looked around and felt that we got transported to France in some country inn. The name of the restaurant is very appropriate. No wonder they claim to be the best romantic restaurant in Bethesda. Feast your eyes on the decor and imagine what dinner would be like on Valentine's Day. The server came and told us the specials for the night and suggested splitting the salad between us. What a great suggestion. French always think in small portions! Thumbs up, like very much.
The salad portion was just right for both of us. It had avocado, thinly sliced jicama, nuts, pomegranate seeds, very fresh lettuce and some light dressing. It was refreshing. It sorts of whet your appetite for what is coming next...our 3 pieces of steak with 3 kinds of French dressing. Medium rare please? It came just the way we like our steak. It melted in your mouth! The buttersquash combination was perfect. Not the usual mashed potatoes you get in American restaurants. For dessert, we got the apple tart with ice cream and raspberry drippings. What a perfect way to end your meal.
Some reviews thought the food here is pricey. But when you consider the quality of the food and service, it's reasonable to me. Try eating this same food in Europe and this price will instantly pale in comparison. So I still consider myself lucky to have this in Bethesda, right in my neighborhood.
So go ahead and splurge. Give yourself a treat, a reward, a pat in the back. Any excuse to come and eat in this very fine restaurant. If you worked so hard, you should eat well!
And when you do, think of us and the review we gave here. Bon appetit!
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