My wife and I visited Obelisk last night for the first time(!), thought Id share my impressions.
In a nutshell: it was absolutely fantastic, go when you can!
The meal: We both started with a glass of Proseco. Wine with dinner, a lovely half bottle of Italian red, sorry she chose and I cant remember exactly what it was. My starter was a wonderful plate of very delicate sardines, with an olive and blood orange (yes, it worked!) mixture on the plate to nibble alongside. Wife started with perfectly done white asparagus accompanied by shaved parmagiana. Pasta course: eggplant ravioli for me light and delicately, saltier than expected but that saltiness really worked.; flat egg noodle pasta tossed with crabmeat for her; yum. Main course: stuffed suckling pig, served over perfectly done fava beans sounds like heavy comfort food? It was delicious and surprisingly light comfort food. For her, a lovely piece of grilled grouper, wilted greens alongside. Cheese course: a dollop of a cow/goat/sheep milk mixture, served with a fantastic fig jam. For dessert: custard with a light blood orange sauce for me, apricot in a croissant-like pastry for her both absolutely great, not too sweet or heavy. And, perfect espresso. Sounds like a lot of food? Yes - but not too much. Serving sizes were right on.
The room: just lovely. You know its in a townhouse on P street. Only 36 seats. It was quiet but not at all hushed. Simple, straightforward. Very, very pleasant. Tuesday night, between 7:30 and 9:30, every table full.
The service: Perfect. Period.
The price: complete total $230. cant do it everyday ..and I cant wait to go back.