On the edge of one of Bethesda's dining districts is a charmingly decorated cafe that should be on everyone's list for a special night out. The atmosphere is French country, but the cuisine is upscale French.
As an aficionado of soft shell crab, I will certify (as will my wife) that the best soft shell crab that I have ever eaten was prepared here as an appetizer. It may have been a fresh whale (the largest size softshell crab), delicately sauteed, resting on an amazing sauce, fresh slice of tomato, and a toast point of baked shortbread. Seriously! Simply amazing, and my mouth waters even as I write this! The lamb chops were the finest we've had--thick, trimmed with little fat, juicy, cooked to perfection. Vegetables were perfectly prepared and complemented the entree. Wine list is more than adequate, whether by the glass or bottle.
The restaurant reopened with new owners in 2014, owned by chef and his lovely wife who serves as the hostess and greeter. It is one of the few restaurants in Bethesda where conversation is easy--the sound level is comfortable even when full as it was on the evening we were there--and valet parking is free. Overall, it is reasonably priced for the service, quality of food, atmosphere and location.
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