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Viridian - DC's best vegetarian? (a quick review)


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Viridian - DC's best vegetarian? (a quick review)

Adam | Feb 11, 2006 08:29 PM

Quick Synopsis: Stick to the vegetarian items and the food is superb. All of the meats and seafood were mediocre and overcooked. Portions are not large, but prices are very reasonable.


Went to Viridian this evening for a pretty good meal. The restaurant is on 14th St, NW at P St.

We had the following items:

Drinks – I had a nice glass of Muscadet. Wife had a Maple Runner, which was one of their house drinks. It was very tasty, heavy on the alcohol, and had a nice sweet aftertaste (little pricy at $12 though).

Amuse – Chef sent out a pureed Parsnip. It tasted like Parsnip. Nothing to write home about.

Bread – The bread served with the appetizers was awesome. It was very warm and fresh. It was served with a very very good tapenade and some type of hummus like spread. Both spreads were superb.

Appetizers – We had the Broccoli and Cheddar Soup and the Mussels. The Mussels were served as large portion. The Mussels were perfectly cooked and had a nice smoky flavor. I highly recommend them. The broccoli soup was decent. It was very brothy and had a strong broccoli flavor. However, it lacked any cheddar cheese. If it had a thicker consistency or had some cheese in it, I think it would have been very good.

Main Courses – My wife ordered the duck breast. It was overcooked. She doesn’t recommend it. I had the Eggplant Tart main course. It was a wonderful red pepper and eggplant concoction served on a polenta-like cake. It was very good. It was served with a small watercress salad which was very good and fresh. I’d recommend the Eggplant tart. As for sides, we ordered the roasted mushrooms, which were superb, probably the best roasted mushrooms I’ve had in a while.

Desert – We shared the Tiramisu. It was good. The portion was a little small for the price ($11), but it was presented beautifully and was very rich.

Overall Observations – I saw several duck breasts, filet mignons, and red snapper dishes come out of the kitchen. All were overcooked. Based on that observation, I’d shy away from the meat/seafood items. I also saw several other vegetarian items come out like the beet salad and several of the side items. All looked fabulous.

I’ll probably be back soon since the prices are very reasonable, however I’m sticking to the vegetarian options – I’ll probably order a meal of an appetizer and a few side dishes next time.

Total bill: $90 with tax and tip

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