After trying to find any space in lesser establishments on 7th Street in Chinatown, our group of three stumbled upon this gem of a DC restaurant. As soon as we were inside we realized this was a special place. It simply exudes elegant luxury. I want to begin by noting what I consider a hallmark of a good restaurant - its staff. And 701 has an abundance of them! Besides our waitress and the hostess, there also seemed to be a roving manager or maître d, and we were also introduced to 701's sommelier. Each was extremely pleasant and it was very clear that their sole mission was to make our meal enjoyable and memorable. And it was. We were also lucky enough to enjoy some live music, and I can see how this could be an excellent place to unwind on a regular basis.
Each of us had appetizers: she had the beet salad, which was perfect. The quality of the beets in particular made the dish. I had the deviled eggs, which came topped with micro croutons (so it seemed) and were perfectly seasoned. For the main course, she had a delicious Sweet Potato & Squash Ravioli and I had an amazing Scottish salmon, which was intriguing because of its Asian-inspired ingredients/flavorings (Sake Miso Glaze, Baby Bok Choy, Water Chestnuts, Soy Oil). There were no leftovers on our plates, another sign of an excellent meal (in my book). Our only disappointment was dessert - it was the carrot cake, which had an overpowering layer of cream cheese frosting. It could just be we do not eat sweets often so we find such things overly rich, but it did distract from the quality of the cake itself.
We will be back and bringing friends.
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