I have been wanting to try Bresca ever since they opened up a little over a month ago. Their menu appealed to me but it is located on the 14th street, which is a nightmare of a place to find a parking spot. I guess the parking Gods were on our side for the first time when it comes to 14th street. We found a spot on the side street, across from the restaurant. Not only that, but our favorite ice cream place, Jenni’s was right across the street. What else could you ask for?
The space was nice and inviting with a big moss piece in the back of the restaurant. We were served a complimentary cocktail shot. A great gesture and something that you rarely see in D.C.
Our server/waitress was cold at first but as we conversed, she warmed up quickly. As she placed the dishes in front of us, she did not describe any of the ingredients. I had to ask her about each dish. Everything we had was really flavorful.
Sea Urchin Linguini truffle – chili – yeast butter – porcini
A great umami dish with fresh sea urchin and a wonderful sauce. I just wish the pasta was more al dente.
Oil Poached Halibut vadouvan & mussel chowder – squash – parsley- kaffir lime
My husband picked this dish and even though I am not a big fan of halibut, this dish won me over. The fish was poached perfectly, mussels were tender and the lime parsley sauce was great.
Octopus harissa- hummus- tabouleh- yogurt- black lime
Such a flavorful dish. We liked the lemony hummus and tabouleh as much as the harissa octopus.
Foie Gras Cake Pop hazelnut – chocolate – amaretto – gold
Since my husband is not a foie gras fan, I only got one cake pop. It was a pound cake batter and they used the foie gras as the fat for the cake. Then it was dipped in chocolate and hazelnuts. My husband ate half and he claims he doesn’t like foie gras!!
After seeing some delicious looking pictures in a few blogs, I decided to make a reservation for brunch at the newly opened Kith and Kin in the Wharf area inside the Intercontinental Hotel. I almost canceled my reservation to make a reservation at Del Mar. I guess my sixth sense was telling me something!
We had a reservation for lunch at 11:30 a.m. We approached the hostess desk and was told that they were running late with their breakfast service and were setting up for the lunch service! What? We waited and waited and wondered if we should just leave and try our luck at the nearby Del Mar. Finally at 11:50, I asked the hostess if there was something wrong? Five minutes later she sat us down, two tables away from the door! The set up of the restaurant is odd. There is a long sitting area in front of the restaurant, probably so you could see the water. At no time she apologized or offered anything for the long wait. Our waiter was really helpful and professional though. I contacted the restaurant a couple of days later and told them about our experience. The guy I spoke to apologized and asked how the food was!
Kith Burger House ground double patties, American cheese, jerk bacon, romaine, caramelized onions, house pickles, garlic mayo
It was a good burger with two thin beef patties. The standout was the jerk bacon, it added a nice kick to the burger.
my husband loved the spicy fries.
Mushroom Forest Mushroom spread, charred eggplant dip, roasted mushrooms, crispy msmen
This dish was the reason I picked this place and thankfully it did not disappoint. The eggplant dip had plenty of spices and went well with the wild mushrooms. The pickled onions added visual contrast to the dish.
A great flaky buttery bread that came with the mushroom dish.
Mom Dukes Peel and Eat Shrimp Gulf shrimp, abita, citrus, butter
You got five shrimps sitting in a pool of spicy buttery sauce.
This sweet bread helped with the spicy shrimp.
Ancient Rivers is a Middle Eastern/North African restaurant. I heard about their sister restaurant, Busboys and Poets, while the owner, Andy Shallal was talking about it on TV. They have a large menu offering cuisines from Iraq, Morocco, Tunnsia, Lebanan and Egypt. I like that they are not shy about using spices. Even though there were only three tables of diners, the service was a mix bag. Our waiter was distracted and messed up our order. The servers were better.
Hummus with Ground Lamb & Pine Nuts
The hummus was lemony and had plenty of cumin. The ground lamb was very good and had lot of flavor from all the spices.
Foole Muddammas warm fava bean with garlic, tomatoes, scallions
Our waiter brought us the hummus Foole Muddammas dish, even though we repeated twice that we wanted the Foole Muddammas. We had to wait a while to inform him of the mistake. Rather than just correcting the problem, he blamed the mistake on the kitchen staff. This dish once again had lots pf spices and tasted great.
Leg of Lamb Kabob saffron rice almonds, raisins, cucumber salad, grilled tomato
Even though I avoid white rice, I liked the addition of the spices and almonds. The side of the tomato and cucumber salad was good even though the tomatoes were pale. The lamb kabob unfortunately was overcooked, as it is the case with most kabobs. It had a good seasoning though.
Had to go back for the comforting sweet potato and the tangy black raspberry. Pumpkin 5-spice was like the best pumpkin pie flavor and my husband’s pick of strawberries buttermilk was bright and refreshing.
Succotash is a Southern restaurant by chef Edward Lee. I knew about him from the Top Chef series, when I used to watch it a long time ago and from the Netflix documentaries. The space was large and tastefully decorated. The service was helpful.
Shrimp’N’Grits Gulf shrimp, zucchini, portobello, runny egg, red-eye gravy
The shrimps were cooked perfectly and there was plenty of grits but not the best tasting grits that I have ever had. The addition of the veggies were a nice touch and the poached egg added a little richness to the dish.
Hangover Special Fried Eggs, pulled pork, warm potato salad, red-eye gravy, buttermilk biscuit
My husband picked this dish. The pulled pork although tasty, was very spicy. The warm potato salad was on the bland side, maybe to balance the spicy pork. The biscuit was tasty. I noticed a lot of tables ordered this dish.
We first tried shake shack burger years ago at their original stand at Madison Square Park. After standing in long lines, we finally ate our burgers and did not know what all the fuss was about. Fast forward a few years later, there was a special on the 60 minutes featuring Danny Meyer, talking about among other things Shake Shack. He said himself that he was surprised with the success. Anderson Cooper claimed that he was still thinking about the burger a day after he ate one.
So, after a long day at the newly reopened Sackler Gallery and Freer museum, we decided to try shake shack burger again and see if we had missed something.
Smoke Shack Niman Ranch Bacon, Chopped Cherry Pepper, ShackSauce
We ordered two smoke shacks. The cashier messed up and we only received one. My husband ordered a second one. First of all, in both orders the buns were cold. The first order’s patty was barely warm and we were disappointed with the lack of flavor of the beef. The second burger was warmer and tasted much better. Still, we would not bother with the Shake Shack again unless we really had to.
Finding Mola was not that easy because it was located inside a building that looked like a residential building. I was nervous that we were at the wrong location but thankfully a lady went up the stairs and entered the building and we followed her in. Once inside, the restaurant was located to the left of the hallway. The service was helpful and I was glad they were playing 80’s music.
Chickpea Purée & Ground Spiced Lamb – guindilla peppers
This dish was pretty good. The chickpea puree had plenty of cumin and the ground lamb was crunchy. The peppers were a nice side.
Huevos Rotos four eggs broken over a mix of potatoes, onions, peppers & spinach with Serrano ham
This dish was meant to be shared by two people. For additional $6 you could add serrano ham. There were plenty of potatoes, onions and peppers. Spinach added a little fiber and ham provided protein and saltiness to the dish. We even had leftovers for the next day which is rare.
Le DeSales is a French restaurant that I have been wanting to try for a while now. They recently started serving brunch on Saturdays. Their online brunch menu is a bit longer than what we were presented with. I asked our waitress about it, she seemed to think their brunch menu was the same as their online menu, which was not. As much as we enjoyed their food, we would only return if they expanded their brunch menu.
Simplissime Crab, Tarragon, Light Creamy Potatoes
When I saw this dish online, I knew I had to try it. Once we sat down and looked at the menu, I realized this dish was not listed. I asked our waitress about it and she said she will check with the kitchen to see if they can make it for me. Lucky for me they did. Basically it is crab with a creamy potato on the top. It tasted pretty good.
The bisque was added to the dish.
Swordfish Tomato, Olive, Almond, Shallot
My husband picked this dish and it was a very Provencal dish. A good portion of swordfish cooked perfectly with flavorful tomatoes, olives, almond and shallot.
Chocolate Tart, Espresso Gelato
The chocolate tart was good but the espresso gelato was amazing.