My wife and I were hosted at 2941 Saturday night. As I'm a MoCo resident, and I had heard very mixed reviews of this restaurant, it had kinda fallen off my radar screen and I probably wouldn't have chosen it myself.
We had reservations at 6:30. It took exactly 22 minutes to get there from Chevy Chase. The place was already half full. It's contemorary in decor, nice. The view of the lake (read: drainage area) is fine. There is a large stone patio that must be wonderful in nicer weather. They also did a nice job of lights in the trees. Most of the gentlemen had on coats.
Drinks were served with only a short delay. Not sure what the problem was, I think just everyone being seated at about the same time. The service here was some of the most efficient and unobtrusive I've ever encountered. The chef/owner came out to talk to us. Seems there was a mix-up, and he thought I was a critic. Very nice young mam and rightly proud of what they have created.
Food was good. The lobster and gnocci arrived in very lightly seasoned broth. Despite the raves I've heard, I thought this was the weakest dish. I understand "nuance," I just didn't think it had enough going for it. The other two starters were a cold, sliced smoked duck and an arranged salad of artichokes and aparagus. Both were beautiful and delicious, but both were served too cold, and had a pre-plated feel.
Entrees were winners. I had duck with celery root puree that was a perfect execution. My wife had lamb with good flavor, though cooked a touch too rare for her taste. Our host had veal tenderloin that he remarked was excellent. And I can't remember the fourth. A bottle of sauvignon blanc and a bottle of reserve merlot washed things down.
Everyone (but me) had dessert and pronounced them the best part of the meal.
I'm not sure I'm going back over the river for it, but if I was a NoVa-ian, I'd be happy to have it in my quiver.
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