Restaurants & Bars Washington DC & Baltimore

Farrah Olivia

DCtoNC | | Nov 20, 2007 04:59 PM

Noticed there weren’t many reviews of Farrah Olivia. Went there last week and had a surprisingly good meal. First off, I would definitely suggest going the route of one of the tasting menus. We personally did the 7 course, and upon return will consider the 5 course as well. It seems that going a la carte would be quite pricey considering the size of the portions. Standouts were the Shocked Escolar (absolutely amazing), Deconstructed Caesar, Halibut, Duck Breast, and Venison (one complaint being the Madeira and port reduction had a hint of ginger that did not do Bambi well). Dessert and the Tuna was forgettable. Squash soup was the only bad dish, again with a distinct ginger taste that my palate apparently does not appreciate (I do enjoy ginger just not when it overpowers heavy/hearty dishes). But all in all the 7 courses excluding the soup were very good.

The only real complaint, albeit an important one, was the absolutely lackluster service. I could drone on ad nauseum, but the one standout was the absolute lack of knowledge of the wine list. Our waiter had absolutely no knowledge of the wine, or at least did not want to share it with us. All in all the service wasn’t all that bad, perhaps more refinement would carry a higher price but it might be worth it.

Would be interested in hearing about others experiences.

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