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Chef Geoff’s Downtown

January 29th, 2012 by kimly

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Chef Geoff’s Downtown

1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

[on 13th Street between E and F, NW – One block west of the F & 12th Metro Center exit]

January 9, 2012 – 5pm reservation, 7 people

Restaurant Week Menu

The RW menu was the standard menu with one choice from the Lil’ Snacks, Appetizers or Soups & Salads and another choice from the Burgers, Sandwiches, Pizzas and Dinner Features, plus one choice from Sweets. Bread service started the meal and was disappointing – generic dinner rolls with butter. We left a comment card with this fact and I received an email from the general manager about a week later noting that the restaurant was switching from rolls to a focaccia. I look forward to sampling it the next time we go back.

Our waiter seemed new; not able to answer simple questions concerning the menu and the restaurant’s policies (Is sharing allowed RW? Can 1/2 price wine Mondays be utilized during RW?) Answers were always obtained but a lot of ‘checking with management’ was undertaken.

  • Crabcakes, Apple Slaw, Cider Reduction
  • Hoisin BBQ Duck, Scallion Crepes, Pickled Vegetables
  • Tuna Sashimi, Wasabi Aioli, Baked Sesame Wontons
  • Crispy Calamari, Marinara, Arugula Aioli, Lemon Aioli

The appetizers were wonderful. The most unique was the duck; shredded meat in a hoisin BBQ sauce. At the table you created your own stuff pancake with a variety of vegetables as garnish. The tuna was fresh and flavorful, its delicate texture complemented by the crispy wontons. The calamari was plentiful and not at all chewy or greasy while the crabcakes were loaded with crab and not breading.

  • Pan Roasted Scallops – wild mushroom risotto, truffle mascarpone, white balsamic
  • Mustard Glazed Salmon – fingerling potatoes, applewood bacon, swiss chard
  • Big Shrimp and Very Gouda Grits – andouille sausage, tomatoes, peppers, onions
  • Tea Smoked Chicken Salad – sliced chicken, pepper bacon, blue cheese, frisee, roasted pear vinaigrette

The seafood items were superbly cooked and presented. The Very Gouda Grits were the hit of the table and should be sampled over and over again. The risotto was slightly under cooked but flavorful. The chicken salad was the most disappointing of the main courses – possibly for its presentation as it tasted as described. It just didn’t seam as main course-y as the seafood items.

The dessert menu changes often and I don’t remember everything that we ordered. But the pear crostada was amazing and the favorite of the table which was problematic since only one of the seven of us ordered it.

Four of us went through two bottles of a German Riesling – at 1/2 price they were extremely affordable and reason enough to return on a Monday.

Total Cost: ~$275 plus ~$50 tip

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