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Yet again, I’ve ventured to Virginia!  This time, it was for Farrah Olivia during Restaurant Week with P3.

  • Food:Offering their entire menu during RW (with a few extra charges for some dishes), it was an overall outstanding experience.  P3 ordered the painted soup with fruitwood smoked apple, gingered squash, and beet cider.  P3 loved the smoky apples and the soup had a great creamy flavor.  I ordered the shocked escolar with soy pearls, pickled quince, and wasabi.  Now I didn’t know this, but escolar, if eaten in large quantities, *ahem* can cause some gastrointestinal problems.  This quantity, at least for me, did not.  Then P3 ordered the chicken breast with curry banana crust and quinoa salad.  The banana crust was phenomenal with an amazing sweet and crunchy texture.  The quinoa salad was also really good.  I ordered the pork loin which was really moist and delicious.  For dessert, P3 ordered the citrus fruits with lemon cheesecake, candied citrus segments, and thyme syrup.  I ordered the chocolate brownie, toasted marshmallow, and raspberry-beet sorbet.  While P3’s was good, I loved mine — and I don’t even like marshmallows that much.  For $15 each, we chose the wine pairings with each course.  Wow was that a good deal! 
  • Service: P3 thought our server was coming over a bit too much, but I thought she was being very attentive.  She also clearly knew a lot about the menu and was able to answer all our questions. 
  • Atmosphere:Next door to a Balducci’s, the exterior is deceiving because inside, there’s such an outstanding restaurant.  It’s a small dining room — only about 20-30 tables.  The interior is warm and inviting, filled with browns and greens. 
  • Attire: Business casual
  • Price: $$$
  • Overall:I loved it.  The food, presentation, and service was phenomenal.  This was my favorite restaurant to try during Restaurant Week because I felt I was given a lot of great menu choices.  I definitely recommend trying this place out if you haven’t already!

Details:

  • Reservations required.
  • Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-10 pm, Sun 11 am-2:30 pm, 5-9 pm
  • Address: 600 Franklin St.; Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Ph: 703-778-2233

Hi there, I’m P3 and am blogging today’s restaurant review.

My friend and I went to Central Michel Richard at 5:30, before theatre (even though they don’t really have a pre-theatre menu) and it was already starting to fill up fast.

  • Food:To start with, I ordered the iceberg and bleu cheese salad which had too much bleu cheese dressing and the lettuce was chopped (instead of the wedge).  Plus, it wasn’t icy cold.  I did like the nuts they added on top though.  My friend ordered the Caesar salad which he said was OK but was nothing out of the ordinary. It was served with a big crusty crouton.  Since Washingtonian had ranked it as one of the best, I ordered the cheeseburger. It came with fries, which were very good and crispy with a nice seasoning spice. The burger was just OK. Honestly, I think Columbia Station (the jazz place in Adams Morgan) has a better burger. But that might be because I like charbroiled burgers and this didn’t have it.  The burger came with crispy wafers of potato on top, which is interesting, but not enough to make me rave about it.  My friend ordered the mussels with white wine and garlic which was also just OK. Not a whole lot of flavor, but it was a very nice portion size. We got a side of creamed spinach which was bland. We kept tasting it and shaking our heads “No.”  
  • Service: When we arrived, I had to leave my car, with the keys, on the street with three other cars b/c the valets were so busy. (Very trusting of me, I know, but we were running late and fortunately nothing happened this time).  Our waiter was friendly, attentive and considerate of the fact that we mentioned we needed to leave in time for a 7:30 show. 
  • Atmosphere: The Web site says “playful, contemporary” — I guess I agree.
  • Attire: Business casual
  • Price: $$$
  • Overall: I’m afraid it was another one of those scenarios — heard tons about it, know it’s the “it” place to go, wanted to like it, but Central Michel Richard was mostly a disappointment.

[Ed. note I haven’t been, but Central apparently has great beer offerings.  They have Blusser (only available on tap in 4 places in the U.S. and DC has 2 of them), a German beer bottled exclusively for Richard.] 

Details:

  • Reservations recommended, though they say they accept walk-ins.
  • Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Dinner: Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday Hours: Dinner 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; Washington, DC 20004
  • Ph: 202-626-0015

I think the nudge on the Asia Nora review worked because my dining companion that evening has agreed to guest blog! 

Her alias will be P3 and she’ll be blogging on occasion.  My wallet thanks P3!  😉

Here’s a brief introduction of P3:

My parents took to me to very nice restaurants starting at an early age, so I’m comfortable and familiar with the restaurant arena. However, I don’t feel the only place to get a great meal is always in a “very nice” restaurant. I love to cook, have been to some cooking demonstrations and seminars, but have never attended chef school.  I believe cooking is therapeutic. It’s also a gift I enjoy sharing with people who appreciate it — either because they also cook, or if they can’t or aren’t able to cook. I’m from the DC-metro area and have seen a lot of DC restaurants come and go. Remember Rive Gauche? Mel Krupins?