Had dinner at 701 on Pennsylvania Avenue last night before seeing Othello at the Shakespeare Theatre. Chose to do the prix fixe pre-theater menu, three courses for $24.95. A great bargain for what I got, I thought! Started with salmon "ravioli", which was pieces of smoked salmon wrapped around goat cheese and pine nuts. Arugula and fennel confit filled the center of the arrangement of three pieces of salmon. This was fine, tho a bit rich for me at the time. My dinner, however, was wonderful. Grilled trout (whole, butterflied) with a "relish" of crab, peach. parsnip, and fresh sage. The combination of flavors was absolutely wonderful! The interplay between the peach and sage with the gentle flavor of the trout to balance them out *really* worked. My third course was lemon souffle. Fine, tho obviously made ahead of time (if not purchased) and at least refrigerated previously, if not frozen. My dinner was cheaper than my beverages, as I had three glasses of an Oregon Pinot Gris. I thought the wine selection by the glass was nice and varied, not just the same old, same old you see everywhere.
All in all, I did like the place, and would not hesitate to return. I admit to having avoided it in the past thinking it was stodgy and boring, but was pleasantly surprised to discover otherwise. You can see the menu at the posted link.