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Geoff | | Jan 10, 2005 07:40 AM

Just a quick note about the newly opened 21P in Dupont Circle - 2100 P St. NW

Had dinner there on Saturday night with my wife. The place has been remodeled (used to be BeDuCi's) and is a lovely space, simple and nicely done.

Starters: seafood tamale- outstanding; blackened sea scallops- wish we could have gotten more. Second course: black bean soup - really nice, subtle flavoring; mixed green salad with walnuts, feta etc - lovely. Entree: We split a fantastic, and large, lamb shank. meat dripping off the bone, just the way it should be. Normally served with white beans and a bit of greens, they were out of white beans so substituted with black. Dessert: pot de creme - delicious, just the way it should be, and served in a demitasse, so it was the right amount, not some huge over chocolatey dessert.

Overall, food was outstanding. Service was rough but earnest, but no more than you'd expect from a new place trying to find its legs.

Two starters, two seconds, one entree, one bottle water, two beers, tab=$70.

This is a great addition to Dupont. Go now before the word gets completely out.

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