Friends were staying at the Four Points at 12th and K NW so we took the opportunity to have dinner at Corduroy, which has gotten some promising writeups over the past year.
I am pleased to say that we had a wonderful meal.....from start to finish. The restaurant, on the second floor of the hotel, is quite spacious and tables are spaced well. (I would have liked a little more area on the table top for the four of us, but I quibble.) Miracle of miracles, the noise level was very comfortable, partly due to the fact that it was barely 1/3 full on a Friday night.
The menu was our first surprise....for $30.02, you get an appetizer, main course and dessert--there are six or seven choices in each category. Several of the choices require that you pay an additional surcharge of $4-6 dollars.
In any case, our dishes ranged between very good to excellent. Service was quite friendly...not polished, but attentive.
What did we eat? For appetizers, my seared scallops on malanga (root vegetable puree) was superb--two meaty scallops on a buttery bed of a mashed potato like substance. My wife had the goat cheese in a potato crust and the others had a Caesar salad. Everyone was happy.
For main courses, we had veal cheeks osso buco style--really excellent tender veal, a rich sauce, nice string beans and white beans; a baby chicken roasted to order-which was succulent; a seared fluke filet in a delicate sauce; and a rare ahi tuna served on a tower of sushi rice and "hijiki"--a pickled seaweed, I think---very very good.
Desserts included the house special chocolate hazlenut bars, seasonal berries with banana ice cream, a dish of ice creams, and a very nice creme brulee.
With three coffees and the least expensive red wine on the rather expensive list--a Chilean red for $25, tax and tip, the bill for four came to $200. But one more factor--the restaurant is a member of IDine (the successor to Transmedia) so I will receive a 20% credit on the meal when it is posted to my credit card account.
We will going back very soon.....