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January 29th, 2012 by kimly

Grapeseed an American Bistro + Wine Bar

4865 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

[$7 for Valet – Street parking at a premium]

January 28, 2012 – 7.30pm Reservation, 3 people

Restaurant Week Menu – $30 for Three Courses

An artisan, cibatta type bread was served with olive oil with garlic and tomatoes for dipping. It was brought before our orders were taken and refilled without prompting. The bread had a light and airy center with a chewy crust. Nice way to start the meal. Our waiter was fantastic: attentive without hovering.

  • Sautéed Calamari – Parsley, Capers, Lemon
  • Fricassee of Wild Mushrooms – Sherry Vinegar, Truffled Polenta
  • Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin Tips* – Patatas Bravas

All three of the ‘Beginnings’ were excellent. The lemon complemented and didn’t overpower the delicate flavor of the calamari. The beef tips were served in a spicy sauce with onion and seared to a perfect medium rare. The mushrooms and polenta were simply fabulous.

  • Pan Roasted Filet Mignon – Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Oxtail-Mushroom Ragoût ($8 Supplement)
  • Chicken & Waffles – Bacon & Chive Waffle, Crispy Breast, Creamed Greens, Chicken Sausage Ragoût

Two of us enjoyed the Chickens & Waffles – a breast piece with wing drumlet attached. The waffle was crisp on the outside and delicate on the inside and although bacon could be seen the flavor was so mild it was barely noticeable. The filet was cooked to order and devoured with much gusto.

  • Greek Yogurt Cheesecake – Blackberries, Vanilla Crumble
  • Chocolate Cremeaux – Orange Caramel, Devil’s Food Crumb

The desserts were a surprise in their presentation, especially the cheesecake. We were expecting the very traditional block of cake or wedge of cheesecake, but both were presented as dollops of very creamy fillings with sauces and crumples. Both were excellent.

  • Australian Pinot Noir

Very drinkable bottle and a decent overall selection to choose from, but most hit the $75-$100 and up range.

Total Cost: ~$160 plus $32 tip

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