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Ardeo Review

dcfoodie13 | | Apr 18, 2009 11:54 AM

I just wanted to report back about a great meal at Ardeo. I hadn't read anything about it recently on the board, but was looking to try a new moderately priced restaurant and the menu looked interesting so I decided to check it out. It was very last minute, but the host was happy to take our "we'll be there in 15 minutes reservation" and said she'd reserve us a table on the currently full rooftop patio if one came available. A table was reserved for us when we arrived. It was very nice to be outside, but unfortunately the area doesn't have the greatest view...

We received a good bread basket to start. I really enjoyed the mini corn bread muffins. The french bread was good - nothing special though. The third bread had a great herb flavor, but could have been a little softer IMO.

We started with the charred octopus and the mussels. The octopus was absolutely delicious! Perfectly cooked - tender - not chewy at all. It came with fingerling potatoes and a green olive vinaigrette. Excellent too, although I didn't taste much of an olive flavor (fine by me) and it had hints of a citrus tangerine like flavor which blended very nicely together. The mussels were also excellent. I'm usually not a fan of mussels, but these were large, flavorful, and very tender. I think we mopped up pretty much all of the sauce with the bread too - very good!

Next, we had the beef skirt steak and the scallops. The skirt steak was so flavorful just by itself I was very impressed. The side dish with it needed improvement though - truffled asparagus frites - they were just eh. I really enjoyed the scallop preparation as well. They were served thinly sliced, ceviche style with a red plum and ginger topping, greens, and a light oil-like sauce. I thought it was delicious, but the ginger flavor was very strong, so it is probably not a dish for everyone.

For dessert we had the banana bread pudding and the carrot cake. Both were good, but I think needed to be served in smaller portions. The first few bites I thought were delicious, but it seemed to get kind of bland as I kept eating. I think sharing a dessert would be perfect because I left just under half of it on my plate.

All in all I had a great meal and will definitely be back to try more of their menu items.

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