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Kudos to Mon Ami Gabi

foodiejudy | Nov 19, 2004 12:12 AM

After waiting 25 minutes for a table at Mon Ami Gabi last night (a wait that proved well worth it), I sat down to a delicious meal which started with their perfectly cooked onion soup - a rich, sweetish, oniony broth topped by nicely broiled Gruyere cheese. Then, I ordered their Trout Grenobloise, a simple preparation of a filet of trout with caper butter and lemon. Since it didn't come with a vegetable and I didn't want to order a salad, I substituted the potatoes for the Garlic Spinach. Both of these items were simple and delicious, proving once again that the simplest of preparations are often the best. I chose a Sauvignon Blanc to pair with the food and it complemented the food very nicely, the grassy, grapefruity dryness of the wine bouncing off of the lemon flavor of the fish (note: the lemon didn't dominate so you could taste the fish). Plus the fish was nice and moist. A perfectly prepared, satisfying meal.

Rounding out my nice experience at Mon Ami Gabi was the efficient, very nice service (sit in the bar area in the front for at least part of your meal so you can be served by Mark who was my server) including Caroline, an effusive, capable hostess (she usually works only at lunchtime so I was lucky I encountered her Wednesday evening).

NOTE: Mon Ami Gabi is especially good for singles. I was dining alone that evening and was treated as well as anyone else which made me feel good. In fact, my experience was so great that I made reservations for my husband and my to dine there Friday evening. Also NOTE: make a reservation there since the wait is almost always long especially since the restaurant is right next to the Bethesda Row movie theaters.

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