Five of us (myself, LaBacchante & Martin,husband, Steve Siegel, John B.) gathered for lunch today at Restaurant Eve in Old Town. It was my first visit since their second week of operation. For the others their first. We sat in the Cafe which, at 1:30 was packed without an empty seat anywhere.
Restaurant Eve has grown; it has become a special destination with several truly outstanding dishes. A shellfish bouillibiasse was more intensely delicious than any that I have had, even from Yannick Cam or Michel Richard. I would even use the word extraordinary to describe its rich depth of flavor. Truly a Great dish, certainly worth crossing the Potomac for if not the Atlantic.
We had eight or nine other first and second courses which were passed around. Unfortunately I did not take notes. I actually hesitate to describe several since I will not do them justice. (I.e. a wonderful inch thick cod filet, another was a treatment of "belly of lamb")But overall we agreed that it was an outstanding lunch. Putting it over the top was a dessert simply labelled "birthday cake." Butter laden yellow cake with extraordinary strawberry frosting. Perhaps the best slice of cake I've had anywhere in the D. C. area! Several other desserts may have actually been even better including a cup of caramel which house made deep fried pastry was dunked in, superb chocolate cake with large "leaves" of flaked chocolate. My descriptions-lacking a menu or notes-are totally inadequate and my apologies for this. But Restaurant Eve is a serious destination; not just the best in Old Town but now one of the D. C. area's best.
We'll return in a month or so; next time I'll take notes and "borrow" a menu for reference. I believe there is a real level of excitement now with this restaurant. A prix fixe dinner in the more formal dining room is to be eagerly anticipated!