We wanted to try something different for our anniversary celebration, so we visited the Morrison House Grill. Tucked away in a boutique hotel just a block from King Street in Old Town Alexandria, we had planned to take advantage of their Sunday night special of most wines at 50% off, but instead decided to try the Chef's tasting which consisted of seven courses paired with wines. The food was very good, including an artichoke pate with black truffles, an unusual gazpacho with ice cream, a delicious chicory and endive salad with small crumbles of bleu cheese, thinly sliced apples and walnuts. We were a bit disappointed that the kitchen had run out of salmon, but the substituted scallops were quite yummy, as was the lamb loin saddles that came next, followed by cheese, then molten chocolate cake...
Each course was accompanied by a nicely-paired wine. Don't sign up for this if you are driving because they are not stingy with the wine!
Overall the service was very good, although there was a small timing issue with bringing the wine for one of the courses. Our waiter, Pablo, was very attentive throughout the evening, as we enjoyed a leisurely 3 hour dining experience...we did not feel rushed at all. The dining room was intimate and reminded us of an English pub with its leather barrel chairs. I would recommend this restaurant but would reserve the chef's tasting for special occasions as it is pricey. The regular menu offerings were a little on the high side but not unreasonable. I would recommend this restaurant as a place for couples or a small group of friends but this is definitely not a place for children.
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