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[Sea] Fork First Bite

Charles | Jan 14, 200606:56 PM

Had dinner at Fork last night on Roy right across form the Harvard Exit theater next to Jo Bar, they have been open four days so normally I would allow a lot of leeway to account for them working out the kinks. I am happy to report that is not necessary, because things are fantastic.

They have cleaned and restored the historic Art Deco Murals on the walls, and the warmth, from what seemed like a million candles, and a gas fireplace enveloped us as we walked in the room, on yet another cold and rainy night (our 25th in a row I believe). Our server was gracious, attentive and knowledgeable a rare treat here on Capitol Hill. Even the bus boy was adorable, just flirty enough with 4 gay men to earn a nice big tip; I could tell right away we were going to have a lovely evening.

Three of us started with what can only be described as big gulp sized martinis, with one person opting for the McMurray Pinot Noir also very generously poured.

For appetizers we had the risotto pops, little wild mushroom arancini with aioli over arugala salad, crispy and delicious. Lobster “corn dogs” were ok, not super “lobstery,” it seemed like what a really good fish stick or popcorn shrimp should taste like, with two dipping sauces a mustard and horseradish ketchup, I am always happy with any menu that isn’t afraid to use the deep fryer. We moved on to a vegetarian cauliflower soup with sautéed apples and flecks of black truffle. This was one of the creamiest soups I have eaten, the apples provided some nice tart contrast and the black truffle made every thing sparkle I wouldn’t have minded a bit more truffle but I have a hard time imagining when that statement would not be true. Our fourth appetizer was a leak pear and goat cheese tureen it was rather unremarkable served with a little puff of micro greens and candied walnuts. It is also nice that they are doing high end plate presentations beautiful white porcelain plates (I think Villiroy and Boch) in fantastic shapes accented food that was striking to behold

Additionally they brought to the table a big basket full of Essential rolls and some of the best green onion biscuits I have ever tasted they were so light it felt more like eating biscuit flavored puffs of warm air.

Our entrees were also fantastic, the best was smoked duck over creamy polenta with a chiffonnade of brussel sprouts, the duck was perfectly smoked the polenta creamy and the brussel sprouts were tender and sweet I would have been happy with just a pile of them for dinner! The “Nuvo Poulette” essentially half of a little bird, the breast was seared, perfectly salted and so tender you could cut it with a fork, the thigh meat wrapped around a small piece of duck beautiful to look out but the chicken was so flavorful that it was hard to taste the duck (high praise for those little chickens), some roasted cipolini onions, and a fabulous black currant “stuffing” completed this plate. The New York strip, ordered medium by one of my dinning companions I would have preferred to taste it rare but there was nothing I could do, with a sun-choke puree were seasoned right to the edge. Our fourth entrée was pork confit with black lentils melted in your mouth. A bottle of Willakinze Pinot Noir went nicely with every thing although I must say the McMurray Pinot Noir was a bit better and cheaper.

Portions are small enough to leave enough room for desserts. The pineapple upside down cake with pineapple sorbet was what grandma would have made if grandma was an accomplished pastry chef working with really good pineapple instead of opening a can. The chipotle chocolate pudding was so/so, it tasted a bit too much like Jell-o pudding with some chipotle mixed in, but the molten chocolate cake that was served with it was rich and more then made up for the fact that the pudding sat in the middle of the table un-eaten. Cappuccino crème brulée was a good and done well I am never a huge fan of crème brulée but this was a good one. The highlight of dessert was the cheese plate. With 5 different cheese I was a bit drunk by then so can’t remember what all the cheeses were but there was a perfectly ripe Saint Agur (sp) some tasty white cheddar, a ash ripened Cyprus grove goat. And 2 others that were both very tasty. Its only accompaniment was some walnut toast I wish there had also been some fruit or jams served but c’est la vie.

All in all our bill was just over $300 can’t wait to go back.

I am including a link to their website but it is really still just the idea of a website, as opposed to one that gives much information.


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