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Cahsions Eat Place (and Cake store on U Street)

ICD | Jun 30, 200207:27 AM

The wife and I had dinner at Cashions Eat Place on Saturday night. This was our first time there, although we have been to the sister restaurant, Johnny's Halfshell in Dupont Circle, at least half dozen and have always enjoyed ourselves their. Because we were walk ins at six o'clock, we sat in the patio. This. I think, was better than the inside, which seemed a little noisy.

My wife had veal sweetbreads for an appetizer, which can be hard to fine sometimes. They were panfried and served with sauteed spinach and pinenuts. A simple dish done very well. I had spinach and ricotta ravioli in meat sauce. Also good, especially the contrast between the filling and the sauce, which had cinnamon and allspice seasoning. Our entrees were golden snapper and duck breast. Again, both dishes were very good. My duck came as I liked it, medium rare, and included a sweet rhubarb sauce and foie gras. The better half had sauteed golden snapper with mushrooms and a some sort of emulsion. The waiter warned that the sauce would seem rich, but had no cream. We informed him that she could handle cream just fine. The overall service was excellent. Very informative but unobtrusive, as the last point illustrates. The pace of the meal was unrushed and we were made to feel welcome despite our drop in status.

Before dinner, we had walked from U street to Adams Morgan and stopped at Cake Love, small cake bakery. We split a chocolate cupcake with white buttercream icing. My wife loved it, being a cream devotee. I, being used to meringue frostings, found this whole buttercream thing strange. It tasted like slightly sweetened BUTTER! I like butter, but not on top of chocolate cake.



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