Last night we dined at the SBC Cafe in Herndon. It received a rave review in the Post around Father's Day and we were thinking the hype might have died down. We were wrong!
When we arrived at 6pm, usually a dead zone in Herndon, the place was about 2/3 full, and the waitress was clearly checking reservations for 7 to decide whether she could seat us. We assured her that we were not looking for a long meal and that if they could get us in and out in an hour, we'd be happy to do that. (Actually, people accompanied by small kids, as we were, are rarely looking for a long romantic meal.)
The spouse had the conch chowder and the chowpup and I had the roasted pepper bisque as starters. The conch chowder was a tomato-based chowder and pretty good. The pepper bisque was a standout. This consists of two different roasted pepper soups sharing a bowl, one with red pepper and one with yellow, decorated by small squirts of an intense cilantro sauce. The red pepper soup was very good. It was smooth, tasted nicely of roasted red pepper, and had just enough chunks to not be boring. The yellow pepper soup was marvelous, rich and savory. I think there was a bit of coconut milk in it for extra richness.
We selected two specials for the entrees, a roast breast of duck and a lamb shank. Both were outstanding, as were the vegetables that came with them. My one complaint is that the salt level was a bit high.
Dessert was a bit of a let-down. We opted for the flourless chocolate cake with a cherry sauce. The sauce was fine, but the "cake" needed a bit more give to it, as it was mostly just chocolate and not at all cakey.
All in all, we will definitely be back and we will make reservations next time. And now we know where to take the parents whe they start whining that they're overdosing on all the excellent Asian cuisine.
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