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Dinner at Le Paradou last weekend

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Dinner at Le Paradou last weekend

dinwiddie | May 11, 2004 01:54 PM

Saturday night I had dinner at Le Paradou, Yannick Cam's latest venture. (I was celebrating my birthday which was on Mother's Day and didn't want to try to go out to eat along with everyone else celebrating Mother's Day)

The room is beautiful, simply decorated and not crowded. They required a jacket for men (and for once my son didn't complain about having to wear one) and I thought it funny that the waiters were wearing much more expensive suits than most of the guests.

Prices are high. Appetizers range from $22-30, entrees in the $36-40 range. The menu encourages a two course meal for $58. There is a 6 course Chef's tasting menu for $100. If you chose the tasting menu, the entire table must have it. Of course, that is what we chose. The courses were beautifuly presented, very tasty, and very small. Memorable were the artichoke soup with a seared sea scallop in parma ham, the fois gras, and the baby lamb chop. (Personally I thought the lamb chop a little overdone, but I prefer them rare. My wife thought it was just right) The freshness of the ingredients was obvious, and the care and thought that went into the dishes was too. Everything was tasty, but for what I got, I thought overpriced. Kind of the same complaint that people have about TIALW. However, service, while very good, was not even up to the par of the Inn. (Thought they did give me a free dessert for my birthday and when I commented prior to getting dessert that I really was more interested in one of the others than the one that came with the tasting menu, I got the too, ended up with three desserts!!!)

I took two bottles of wine with me and was charged $25 each for corkage, again a little high for DC.

They have a very nice and growing wine list. Very heavy on Burgandy, both red and white. While I did not spend much time talking to the sommelier (he was very busy) he seemed to be very knowledgable and proud of his list.

Bottom line, nice meal, a bit (very) expensive, but the taste and presentation was wonderful, the service very good, and the atmosphere quite nice.

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