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701 Restaurant

July 30th, 2011 by kimly

701 Pennsylvania Avenue Restaurant & Bar

701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

[Set back on the NW corner of Pennsylvania & 7th NW – right off the Archives Metro Station]

July 27, 2011 – 4pm, 3-4 people – at the bar for happy hour, dinner followed

Had heard good things about this place but had yet to get around to trying it. Went with a few co-works this past week. The establishment was running a “Cocktail Month” promotion: 2 cocktails and an appetizer for $21. Three of us also decided to stay for dinner.

Drinks

  • Blackberry Bourbon Ginger [Makers Mark, Fresh Blackberry Puree, Q Ginger Ale]
  • Lemoncello Margarita [House Made Limoncello, House Made Sour, Lemon Zest]
  • Hibiscus Sparkling Cocktail [Montelliana Prosecco, Wild Hibiscus Flower, Hibiscus Syrup]
  • Blood Orange Martini [Hanger Mandarin Vodka, Blood Orange Sour]

Three of the four drinks were very good, the exception being the Hibiscus Sparkling Cocktail which had a unique presentation and the Prosecco was nice enough, just did not seem to get any additional ‘hibiscus flavor. The Makers Mark gave the fruit a smooth but potent kick while the Lemoncello Margarita was freshness in a glass (rimmed with sugar instead of salt.) In the martini, the vodka didn’t overpower or cause the blood orange flavor to become biting. 

Appetizers

  • Prosciutto Wrapped Apricots, Goat Cheese, Mache Salad, Vanilla Vinaigrette
  • Crispy Calamari

The apricots were inspired. The flavors of the all the components melded quite nicely. The calamari was generously portioned and cooked perfectly with a very light coating. The caper aioli was nice but not unique as a side for the squid.

This establishment would have received a ‘Highly Recommended’ or ‘Happy Hour Favorite’ if we had stopped here. But instead three of us ordered dinner at the bar.

Dinners

  • Artichoke & Ricotta Ravioli [Morels, Spring Onions, Crispy Prosciutto]
  • Lobester Lasagna [Mascarpone, Herb Pasta, Fresh Tomato]
  • 701 Burger [Roseda Beef, Fried Green Tomato, Bacon, French Fries]

The biggest disappointment with the ravioli was it was a tad under cooked. Al dente is fine – crunchy is not. Neither pasta dish had much flavor and the lobster was tough. The burger was the one bright spot: cooked exactly to order, the fried green tomato was a unique touch and the fries were hot and crispy. 

The group decided that we would definitely be going back here for another happy hour (or two…) but will probably not chance this place again for dinner.

Total Cost: ~$145 plus $27 tip (7 cocktails, 3 appetizers, 3 dinners)

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