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Majestic Cafe - A Review

MDoodle | | May 8, 2007 07:44 PM

First time poster, long time reader...

I dined at the newly opened Majestic Cafe in Old Town tonight for my 25th birthday dinner with the SO. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by many things, and only disappointed by a few. Mind you, we are pretty much "traditionalists" while it comes to food--not very adventurous.

We arrived early for our 8pm reservation and had a drink at the bar. I thought it looked exactly the same as it had before it closed, but I had only been there once for a drink in January and could be mistaken. Just an observation. We sat promptly at 8 pm (the restaurant was maybe only half full the entire time we were there) and had a wonderful server assist us. We ordered a bottle of wine she recommended (which we enjoyed) and started with sharing the crab cakes. They were EXCELLENT, and had an awesome remoulade sauce on the side. We also had some miniature "breads" - a mini baguette, cornbread muffin, and biscuit. All excellent. And...with soft butter!!! Having a hard/frozen pat of butter is always a turn-off for me. For dinner I ordered the NY Strip Steak (medium well, I know criticize me--but I find that meat is extremely underdone in the DC area) and the SO had the salmon accompanied by a shellfish risotto. I found my steak a bit red, though I am quite picky. Relatively tasty though. The french fries that came with it were excellent. We also ordered the Fried Green Tomatoes at the recommendation of our server. They came with a lemony type sauce on them, and I found it very overpowering and it reminded me too much of lemon Pledge. The SO was pleasantly surprised at the abundance of seafood in his dish, though he wasn't all that fond of the actual risotto. We closed out with a dessert...some type of layered/wafer/mousse dish with a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on top. I found the dessert average, but I was too full to really enjoy it. The SO had an extremely strong cup of cappuccino, but he finished it all and seemed to like it.

Overall, we were pleasantly surprised. The service was incredibly friendly and helpful. One amusing thing we noticed was that the servers all seemed to help each other out--if another's table needed bread, the one who noticed it would bring it, etc. However, that also meant that the bread we were still picking at disappeared off our table, as did our dessert spoons before the dessert arrived. We found it funny, not at all an annoyance. All of the above plus tax and tip came to approximately $125. We hope to try the tempting Sunday dinner special sometime!

Anyone else tried the "new" Majestic? I'd be curious to know your thoughts...