I was in DC last night and had dinner at Hook in Georgetown. I liked the idea of self-sustaining fish practices so that's where I went.
The food was absolutely terrific. I started with three crudo - the roe, the tuna, and the mackerel. The presentation on each was beautiful and each had its own personality. A lovely way to start. (If I want to be nitpicky, the tuna had two small jalepeno slices which lacked any flavor. The didnt detract, but they didnt add. A very minor complaint.)
I had the arctic char with saffron risotto. The fish was lovely, as was the risotto and other accompaniments (the oil, the pistachios). When I ordered I had to ask how the fish was prepared. I was told medium rare, as you'd expect, but it was medium the whole way through. Still loved the dish.
Dessert was gingerbread with autumn squash ice cream. Outstanding, with just the right amount of sweetness.
Service was quite odd. Lots of this:
Me: Thank you. (for refilling my water, say)
Waiter: No, thank YOU, sir!
Also, when he brought the bread, he apologized that he only had this bread (anchovy bread or something) and not the regular bread. How would I have known?
Anyway, it was a lovely meal and I'm thrilled I went.