Bar seating $180
Pineapple & Pearls, Washington DC
This fennel bonbon was beautiful and it tasted great! It was carefully presented over an absinthe cocktail garnished with a sachet of herbs. They said that they were going to phase this amuse bouche out to make room for new items. I’m so glad I was able to try it before then!
Garlic croutons, shaved Spanish manchego el trigal cheese. Side $8.99
The Old Clam House, San Francisco CA
This Casesar was not very impressive. It was over dressed and there were hardly any croutons to be found. Such a disappointing start to a meal…
Mesibah menu $53 per person
Zahav, Philadelphia PA
I can’t remember what this mezze was called or everything in it, but I so remember that the fiddlehead ferns tasted great. You don’t see this ingredient enough, and I didn’t even know it was used in Israeli food.
Artichoke dip, guacamole, tortilla chips, flatbread. Brunch buffet $29.99
Farmers Fishers Bakers, Washington DC
This probably looks like the most random plate them all, but these were some of the things I hadn’t tried yet. (Except for the artichoke dip which I had to get seconds of!) The meatball and polenta were great! I loved the creaminess of the polenta although it could have used a bit more salt.
2 poached eggs, crab meat, spinach, English muffins, homemade “cayenne” hollandaise sauce, served with potatoes and fruit. $14.99
Rick’s Cafe, Los Altos CA
This was good, but nothing really jumped out at me. I did like that they provided a lot of spinach. The potatoes (and fruit) were kinda sad though. And even the “cayenne” hollandaise sauce was lackluster.
Hyderabadi Biryani Corner, Herndon VA
I loved this dish SO much, that I kept going back for more! It’s really the succulent, roasted chicken that makes this dish. I also squeezed a liberal amount of lime juice to brighten up the biryani a bit.
Spicy tuna roll topped with tempura flakes and crushed wasabi peas, sweet teriyaki sauce, wasabi aioli. 4 pieces $4.29
Pei Wei Asian Diner, Sterling VA
This was pretty good for a chain restaurant’s version of Americanized sushi. I did like the flavors although the sushi rice had a weird consistency. Douse it in enough sauce and forget about the finer details, lol!