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The Majestic Cafe Review

daves_32 | Apr 17, 2008 04:24 AM

Good morning,
After seeing The Majestic every time I am in Old town and upon some hound recommendations, I knew it was time for me to go. I took my friend from out of town last night for dinner so i could talk to her about the area where i live, the majestic's history, and old town itself.
we started out with the Antipasti plate. It had sliced mini spicy sausage, long sliced salami, olives, mascarpone, cream cheese, and chives mousse, and sticks of parmesan cheese. the sausage and salami were great and had a nice peppery kick. the mouse was also tasty and had a subtle sweetness that was nice alone or on the sausage. The olives were a little strange and there could have been better choices for olives.
For dinner, DPI and I both had the featured pastas of the night. they just sounded too delicious to pass up. The waiter was very cognizant of the situation my DP and I were in (talking a lot because we hadn't seen each other in a year) and was delicate about bringing the entrees and asking if we needed anytning else. My DP had the hand made fettuccine with peas and a cheese sauce ( i can't remember too many more details of that one). She said it was fantastic. She had a long day at work and it was comfort food indeed! I had the ravioli special. It was a four cheese stuffed ravioli (pecorino, mascarpone, ricotta, and mozzarella). the dish had a peppery sauce and was tossed with sauteed button, oyster, and shitake mushrooms. Very earthy, hearty, and srong flavors. excellent choice. it was as good (if not better) as the stuffed pastas from Tosca.
Since it was my DP's birthday, I cornered the waiter and asked him to encourage dessert for my DP. he said he would put a candle in it and bring it out. the matre d' brought it out and wished her a happy birthday subtly but in a very special way. well done! we shared the cake of the day. AMAZING! perhaps the best dessert i have had in DC. it was a slice of white cake with thick vanilla buttercream icing. it had strawberries flowing over it and was filled with a chunky blackberry preserve. what a fantastic way to end the meal. My DP commented that it tasted like they picked the strawberries "2 seconds ago." the waiter explained to her that the Armstrongs are part of a co-op in PA and the strawberries came from the greenhouse.
with the check, the waiter brought out a chunk of homemade fudge with a nice birthday wishes note.
overall, this is one of the best meals i have had in DC. go try it NOW!

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