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Restaurant Week: Lunch at Corduroy

Jim Rice | Jan 12, 2004 04:24 PM

Wow. Very nice. Service and food were excellent. I went with a friend, and she said it best: The places that put all (or nearly all) of their dishes on the Restaurant Week menu do a better job. If they only have a 2 or 3 dishes, they tend to slack on them, and the servers tend to regard you as cheapskates.

Corduroy puts all of its dishes on the menu, with a surcharge for the most expensive. On the lunch menu, out of 8 or so choices for appetizer, and 10 or so main dishes, only one appetizer (oysters) and one main dish (lobster) had a surcharge.

Our server was knowledgeable about the food, willing to make recommendations, and advise us about wines by the glass. She seemed genuinely excited about the food. She was definitely not slacking because of Restaurant Week.

I usually do the fine dining thing 3-4 times a year, and Corduroy will be on our short list of places.

The food:
I had the goat cheese, wrapped with slivers of potato and deep fried, served on lettuce with a dressing. Impressive appearance, and very tasty. The little bit of lettuce helps cut the richness of the cheese. My friend had parmesan cauliflower soup. She thought it could have done with a little shredded parmesan on the side to zing up the soup more. Just a minor thing though, it was still good.

My black grouper with sushi rice was wonderful. A grouper fillet, skin still on and crispy, served atop rice redolent of ginger, miso, and sushi vinegar, studded with matchstick strips of nori. My friend's confit of duck leg was awesome as well, served with savoy cabbage with carrots and fennel.

For desert, my friend had the sabayon of chocolate, a soufflé style dish with a rich molten center. She described it as the ultimate brownie. It was so light, yet so intensely chocolate. I had the chocolate hazelnut bars, AKA the grown-up Kit-Kat. Served with cream on the plate and raspberries, they're made up of a chocolate base, hazelnut/cookie layer, and topped with a lighter chocolate. Wow. Yum.

Go there. I don't think you'll be disappointed. As for me, I'll be heading to Tosca for dinner Thursday night.

Link: http://www.corduroy-dc.com

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