Thanks to Joe H., my SO and I were able to have dinner for Valentines Day at 2941 in Falls Church. The quid pro quo for taking Joe's reservation was that I had to agree to write a review of our dinner immediately upon returning home. So, here goes:
The room was quite full, making me less upset over being told two weeks ago that no reservations were available for Valentines Day. Our res was for 8pm, though we arrived a bit early, and we were seated immediately. We had a window seat, but I must say that we were unable to enjoy the view, since there was no lighting out in the garden to allow us to see the lake, fountains, etc.
Shortly upon being seated we were given a huge bowl of wonderful breads and a menu, from which we ordered appletinis in a nostalgic nod to drinks that we had at a nice party organized by my old firm.
For VD they were offering a tasting menu (at $89, with an additional $20 for a flight of wines that matched the courses) in addition to the standard menu, but neither of us was really interested in that big a meal, so we decided to order from the menu. Unfortunately for me, the dish that I was most interested in (pheasant with black truffles on a bed of napa cabbage) was only on the tasting menu. However, inspired by the article in today's WSJ about restaurants catering to the whims of its patrons, I asked if I could have the pheasant as my main course, and was pleased to see that this was doable. So I had that with a dish of diver scallops with osetra caviar in a wonderful creamy sauce as a starter. My SO had a wild mushroom soup (delicious!) and roast lamb (excellent!). All in all, his dishes were slightly better than mine, but only just.
For dessert I had a dark chocolate mousse cake with coffee-cinnamon ice cream (aboslutely wonderful) while the SO had a pineapple rice pudding with coconut custard and other stuff (I hate pineapple, so did not focus on this). After dessert they also gave us a dish of cherry marshmallow (feh), powdered almonds (great!) and cotton candy (retro great!). They also served a pretty nice cup of espresso. Our meal was accompanied by a bottle of 1998 Villa Mt Eden reserve Shiraz that was not much when first opened, but that really opened up with some exposure to air.
The meal was wonderful, the service very attentive and unobtrusive, and the room was lovely, so this was definitely a suitable restaurant for a repeat performance. Thanks, Joe, for giving us the reservation!
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