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Restaurants & Bars 2

Restaurant Eve

Stray Gator | Apr 20, 2004 11:02 AM

Alexandria has a new home for fine dining and it's name is Restaurant Eve. Last night (4/19/04) was their opening night and this place really shines. The owners are Chef Cathal Armstrong most recently chef of Bistro Bis on Capitol Hill at which time that resturant achieved much deserved local and national recognition, and his wife Meshelle who works the front of the house. Nathan Beauchamp is Chef de Cuisine. The restaurant is seperated into two distinct dining areas. The larger portion of Restaurant Eve is given over to the Bistro and Bar which serves what appears to be about 100. I did not dine in the bistro area, but the menu sounds great. Rabbit terrine, oxtail ravioli, Scottish salmon, and much more. Bistro prices run from about $7 for appetizers to $24 for main courses. We ate in the chef's tasting room (seats about 30) where diners choose between a 5 and 9 course prix-fixe tasting menu. Soon to open is a garden terrace that looks to seat about 25-30. The 9 course tasting menu features everything from belon oyster with lemon custard and beluga caviar to french turbot with braised fennel and endive in sherry vinaigrette and osetra. And thats just 2 of the 9. The sauces are wonderful and complimented every dish. Our dining experience (party of 2)lasted 3 1/2 hours and at no time did service falter or were we rushed. In fact, we were asked after a few courses if we wanted them to slow down so we could better digest what had already come before. The waitstaff was very attentive without being intrusive and the sommelier (Tod)was a pleasure to work with in pairing great wines for a 9 course menu with out breaking the bank. If the first night is any indication, Restaurant Eve will be a destination restaurant the equal of any in DC.

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