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Marcel's -- one of DC's elite restaurants

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Marcel's -- one of DC's elite restaurants

Alex | Sep 19, 2004 08:07 AM

Had dinner there last night for the first time. Absolutely phenomenal:

Amuse -- lobster flan with chives and creme freche

App's -- I had a squab dish. Breast and leg confit. Don't recall the sauce. Really amazing. Meaty, good sized bird with an herb stuffing involved. Around $21 this was I believe the most expensive app. other than an oestra caviar / salmon / blini dish at $60.

Among other apps, a silver queen corn soup with crab flan. Great. About $16.

MAins -- I had the rack of lamb. Perfectly done in classic herb (mint) etc. preparation -- but including what was essentially a lamb sausage in some sort of breaded coating, creating something analogous to kibbeh. This was the highlight of the plate. About $44 -- most mains were in the mid $30's.

Another had a halibut in lobster rissotto topped with what I suppose was a langouistine. This was unreal.

I had a cheese course -- four french cheeses including one blue I believe, a triple cream type etc. -- with figs and candied walnuts. Solid.

Service was unremarkable.

This restaurant is amazing. I think it has to be included on any list of the DC's top restaurant -- a list that in my opinion would also include Maetstro, Citronelle, Lab, Inn, and Palena. I've not been to Cafe 15 or Yannick's place. In terms of service -- not food prep -- its far more impersonal than the above, at least on a Sat. night, but that's the only potential basis for distinguishing it. For me, this factor just made dinner more relaxed and enjoyable.

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