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Cafe Bonaparte and Izora -- Two Quick Reviews

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Cafe Bonaparte and Izora -- Two Quick Reviews

JoyS | Oct 5, 2003 07:13 PM

Cafe Bonaparte -- I stopped into this new Georgetown restaurant on Friday evening. It is a nice space for a small cafe, especially the small "bar" which serves as a coffee bar (this place does not have a liquor license). The french onion soup ($4.95) was good, but not anything special. Next came a smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill "savory" crepe. I wasn't impressed. For about $9, the plate was four crepe triangles with a thin layer of a finely chopped salmon, cream cheese and dill mixture. The nutella and banana crepe was much better, with warm nutella and banana in two rolled crepes with powered sugar on top. However, I think this was about $6.50-$7, which seemed a little high to me (compared to the crepe place in Adams Morgan -- but I could be wrong). All in all, this is not a dinner place...this is a nice spot for a chat and coffee or dessert with a friend (they have Lavazza espresso drinks and Phoenix brand coffee, as well as some tea selections) without expecting any especially fabulous food.

Izora -- The previous evening my BF and I tried Izora, the new African themed restaurant and night club in Silver Spring. The place has a great outdoor patio -- it is very large with an outdoor bar and many tables, perfect for my tasty house mixed drinks. The indoor bar area was attractive, yet dark. Beyond the decor, the food was fairly disappointing. My dining partner is very familiar with African food, so he was impressed with their "suya," a spiced beef on a skewer. The good food pretty much ended there -- my tomato catfish and rice dish was pretty bland, with the rice tasting like Uncle Ben's. The catfish was simply OK, yet full of bones. My BF's "stew/soup" was not stewy, nor soupy and somewhat indescrible. Regardless, it was not worth eating. The "fufu" that accompanied this dish was overly fluffy, and generally not good as well. The dessert was the lowest point of the evening. Although we did not expect something particularly authentic African for dessert, we did not expect frozen cheesecake in our "fried chesecake" dessert. A type of phyllo-like pasty was wrapped around frozen cheesecake and then fried, with a fruit topping (again the fruit was pretty boring). I'm not sure we would go back here for more than a drink on a nice evening.

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