Restaurants & Bars

Washington DC

Xtreme disappointment at Montmartre


Live your best food life.

Sign up to discover your next favorite restaurant, recipe, or cookbook in the largest community of knowledgeable food enthusiasts.
Sign Up For Free
Restaurants & Bars 9

Xtreme disappointment at Montmartre

Steve | Feb 12, 2004 11:53 AM

After reading some good posts on this board and elsewhere, I figured Montmartre to be a safe bet before the Folger Theatre. I was surprised at how thoroughly unlikable my food was.
Veel cheeks were braised nicely, but in a powerfully salty sauce. Thank goodness it was easy to peel off the unnecessary shaving of cheese on top! They were served over creamy polenta. Of course, that's not fancy enough a dish for the modern restaurantgoer, so they have to add chives and other flavoring (maybe a hint of cheese) to the polenta to make it obnoxious. Surely the Hangar steak, often recommended, would be a safe bet... but the steak (and the potatoes and onions) were drowning in a remarkably unreduced 'reduction' of red wine with big crystals of coarse salt to crunch away on. Could anyone even taste it was steak? After this and a too-sweet version at Circle Bistro, I'm beginning to think that the now ubiquitous Hangar steak on a menu means: only for ignorant foodies.
Started off with decent house-made pate and a carrot ginger soup that needed to be rescued at the table with a whole lot of pepper to counteract the salt.
Nice decor.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound