|Four visits - consistent
experiences and notes:
September 9, 2008;
October 31, 2008;
November 12, 2008;
October 21, 2009;
March 08, 2010 -
if you're adventurous, take the Metro to Braddock Road
station, just past Reagan National - its a one mile, fifteen minute walk
from there. Its not for the timid however as you traverse a multitude of
neighborhoods. I enjoy it on a pleasant weather evening.
Atmosphere is quaint, warm and casual. The dining area
is small and hence a bit intimate at the table seating out in the room, much
like a Parisien bistro. For any privacy, try to get one of the few small
tables against the wall/windows, or sit along the wall bench. The room is
adorned with fun, stylish original works of art. The east wall has
booth-like cushy leather bench seating. The
wood floors and brick walls reflect of old world charm if not its industrial
setting. The bar takes over an entire wall aside from a small window portal
into the kitchen. Conveniently off the beaten
track but easy to reach within a half hour from downtown or Northern Va
close-in suburbs. Easy access to street parking.
Atmosphere - 4/5
Food - Menu (classic French) offers a basic selection
of a seafood, beef, veal or lamb, chicken or duck. Portions are small
reflecting the traditional authentic French cuisine. The selections offer stylish presentations. The sauces
modestly inspiring. The Foie gras is very good. Deserts are
tasty, The vanilla bean creme brulee was very good - can there
possibly be too much of such a good thing?! Hangar steak reduction red sauce
and pomme frittes were great but not enough to overcome the modest beef -
save steak for steak restaurants unless you're really in the mood. They offer ala carte, a short Three-Course menu or a Four or
Five or sometimes Six
Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings. Its great fun to
experience the Sommelier's pairing choices and variety of selection per
course - be prepared to drink more modest (economical) wines than you might
otherwise select by the bottle and you won't be disappointed.
Food - 4/5
Wine - Winelist is predominantly French with care to
offer more affordable selections from the Loire, Bourgogne,
Languedoc, Provence, and Rhone
predominating with few obscure names from Bordeaux and devoid of Burgundy.
There were a handful (1/2 dozen White, dozen Red) of modest New World features.
We shared the tasting selection pairing. See wine journal
Wine - 3.5/5
Service was friendly, attentive, conversant and
instructive in the preparations and associated pairings.
Service - 4.5/5
Overall - 16/20