I ate at Ardeo last night and had a very enjoyable meal. I picked it because it is on the list of restaruants that permit corkage. It is located at 3311 Connecticut Ave, across from the Uptown Threater.
Dinner was very good. The boy started with oysters on the half shell (very fresh and plump, with a real taste of the the sea) then had the New York strip steak. It came just as ordered, very rare, and was very tender and flavorful. He ended with the cheesecake (very large slice)
I started with the Crispy Fried Calamari with Guajillo Chile Cocktail Sauce and Roasted Garlic-Lemon Aïoli. As an entree I ordered the crispy duck breast in a cabernet sauce with garlic mashed potatos and baby green beans. It was perfect, tender, flavorful, and pink in the middle. For dessert I had the chocolate pecan torte and a glass of the 1996 Tokaji Aszu 5 puttonyos. All were excellent though at $13.50 a glass, the Tokaji was a little high.
My wife had Frisée and Romaine Salad with goat cheese, sour apples, walnuts and a sherry vinaigrette then Pan Roasted Chesapeake Rockfish with Wild Mushroom Risotto, Scallions, Radish and Citrus Soy. She also had the torte for dessert.
My sister started with spinach salad with dried cherries, Stilton cheese and red onion dressing then an asparigass and mushroom rossotto that was outstanding, and ended with the Creme Broule.
Coffee for all ended the meal.
Service was excellent, no water glass ever got to be less than half full, everything was presented beautifully, the server was friendly and knowledgable, and we were never rushed.
The entire meal, including tax, tip (20%), and corkage for the four of us cost me about $220. Valet parking (a must as this is Cleveland Park) was $5.
For wine I took a 1999 Richoili PN Reserve. (My last) Complex with lots of lush, yet not jammy fruits, cherry, blackberry and a hint of spice. As the evening progressed (it was difficult to wait until entrees were served, but we managed by having a glass of a nice vouvray from the list with the appetizers) it opened up and brightened with a long, clean finish. Both women (wife and sister) commented that it became much better as the evening went on. I wish I had been able to decant it for a couple of hours before dinner, but that is a no-no in DC.
The wine list was pretty good, and well priced for DC, thought there was nothing spectacular on the list. It has been changed somewhat from what is on the web site, but is still in that class and price range. Stemware was adequate, but not special.
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