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Obelisk dinner last night

Jim Zurer | Jan 22, 2003 06:03 PM

We took a break from Kinkead's and went to Obelisk for my birthday dinner last night. Everything was very good and it was very pleasant (but I will have to say that I missed the both the buzz and the familiarity of Kinkead's).

We both had the sausage antipasto with sauerkraut and marinated onions--very well prepared, especially the cabbage. Diana had the gnocchi with gorgonzola and was impressed; my green tagliatelle with boar ragu was well prepared if a bit bland--the pasta was great. For the secondi, Diana's large portion of "pollastrina" was perfectly prepared--juicy and full of flavor. The accompanying polenta was slightly watery. (The fowl had its feet intact...a very unusual presentation.) I had a large lamb shank which I enjoyed thoroughly although the mashed potatoes shared the wateriness of the polenta.

A nibble of delicious parmigiano-reggiano accompanied the last of the wine--a half bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1999 from Avignonesi; it was full bodied and quite flavorful. We had started with two glasses of the house prosecco from Adami (?)--very well made and enjoyable.

Diana's chocolate hazlenut cake (a very large slice) was delicious as was my blood orange pudding (really a flan). The espresso was a disappointment--weak and not hot; I have to learn to stop ordering it in America.

The very attractive room (cooly elegant but not formal) didn't fill up until after 8 pm and the noise level was mercifully comfortable....

All in all, a very pleasant dinner--but at a (high) price. The prezzo fisso is $55 per so with wine, tax and tip, the tab came to about $90 per person.

Diana is ready to go back, but if it is up to me,I will return to Kinkead's for our celebratory meals.

Jim Zurer
Washington DC

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