Mirabelle is welcoming back Jennifer Knowles as General Manager and Beverage Director. I went with a friend and we each went with the 3-course tasting menu. This fine dining experience is one you do not want to miss. Each dish was unique in its flavors and the way in which it was presented. The first courses we tried were the Shrimp Through Dali’s Eyes, which was fresh but also had an interested component with an Espelette Shrimp (resembles a fried cricket). The next first course was the Root Cellar which is a play on the seasons and had 3 parts that resemble Fall, Winter and Spring. For the second course, we tried the Normandy Scallop Duo, two scallops cooked differently served in two giant shells. Another second course we tried was the Foie Gras Faberge Egg, this was like nothing we have ever seen before. This dish consists of a chocolate egg with foie gras inside, that was bright purple on the outside. The idea is that you crush and mash this up until it’s the consistency of a spread and then eat it on charred bread. We also tried the Abalone, which looked like a dish straight from the ocean with smoke (resembling waves) and seaweed overflowing the giant shell. For the third course we got the Rabbit Kouneli Stifdo, a warm stew for a cold night. The other third course was the Lobster Cha-Kaiseki in Four Dishes. This was lobster cooked 4 different ways and it was phenomenal. Each course was paired perfectly with different wines, that accompanied each dish perfectly. For dessert, we had the Citron de la Nuit and Banana Lickity Split, both won’t leave you disappointed. The service, the food, the atmosphere, the immense knowledge that the staff has of everything will leave you floored. This is a place we HIGHLY recommend.
Lil’ B is brought to you by Chef David Gaus (from Bayou Bakery in Arlington). It is located inside of the beautiful Darcy Hotel. Drawing from southern influence, Lil’ B’s has a menu that will definitely hit the spot! Be sure to start your meal off with a Lil’ Bloody B’s- this bloody mary is topped off with shrimp and bacon. We loved our spread of food, highlights include: quiche plate, cold smoked sandwich toast, and the “let the good times” roll. Between the drinks and the food, this is the perfect neighborhood coffee shop spot.
Joe & the Juice is an instagrammer’s dream, complete with funky art-covered walls and bright-colored smoothies. This coffee shop started in Europe and recently has been popping up all over NYC, and has finally come to DC. Their spicy tuna sandwich is a great compliment to a delicious iced latte or any bright-colored juice or smoothie.
Looking for a steakhouse experience that doesn’t break the bank? Rare is exactly that. Located in the basement of Rare Steak and Seafood, the tavern is an upscale spot to grab drinks and delectable plates. Be sure to start your meal off with the garlic rolls, cheese curds (we legit dream about these cheese curds), and the garlic and parsley fries. We were lucky enough to get a kitchen tour and witness how the meat is prepared. The meat is brought in from a variety of farms, and then it is seasoned, stored, cut and cooked - all fresh in house. Treat yourself to the steak, or the dry aged burger. Top off your meal with the coconut almond joy sundae!
Another Ashok Bajaj original, The Bombay Club is a more tenured DC restaurant. The food at The Bombay Club is just perfect. We recommend washing your meal down with a hand-crafted drink and ordering as many of the appetizers as you can, particularly the crispy kale, warm naan, and spicy duck kebobs. The main dishes were delicious too; we ordered the lamb vindaloo, chicken tikka mahkni, and the chicken Tandoori. And you can’t forget about dessert, like the rabri and the date & walnut kulfi which made us made us cry tears of happiness. Really you can't go wrong with anything on the menu!