Paradiso was lovely: I had left a message for a rez today, and
they called me to back to apologize that they were closed for a special event. Classy; I'll try it again soon.
So, we took our condo bus to Matyson. I'd been there years ago,
but was still wowed by the class act of the service, value and the quality of the food. Yes, it was noisy, even at lunch, but easily ignored.
Beet soup (hot), no resemblance to borscht was memorable. CAn't even describe it, but I sure would order it for myself if I saw that on the menu again. My female friend had the same tastes in food, and we shared everything! Intensely flavored, subtlety seasoned. A classic. Mussels were also different from any I'd had before: plump, many many, in a blush sauce, with pieces of
chorizo to give it an unexpected texture contrast. We also shared
salmon on some kind of beans: the salmon was perfect, had some skin on it, but the beans stole the show. I have no idea what
seasoned those beans, but they were YUM. Dessert of a chocolate mousse brought gasps of delight from the 3 of us, and did not disappoint. We also shared a scoop of pistachio ice cream and
one of huckleberry sorbet. Quite a meal.
Choices seats in the house, but maybe chilly in winter, were the 4
in front of a bar at the front window. Had to have been the quietest seats in the house.
Sail on Matyson: nothing jaded there. My DC friends were delighted, so it was a great choice.