🇺🇸 | Washington DC | 8.12.2019
🇺🇸 | Washington DC | 8.12.2019
🇺🇸 | Washington DC | 7.23.2019
One more beautiful meal at 2 michelin Star Pineapple & Pearls in DC. Excited to find improved items from past menus as the scallop with white Asparagus as well as exciting new dishes like the 150 layer lasagna and French Toast with truffles.
🇺🇸 | Washington DC | 7.14.2019
It safe to say that Bresca is currently serving one of the most exciting menus in Washington DC. The tasting menu priced at $64 is one of the best values in the city. A cured scallop with an already perfect buttermilk sauce, truffled eggs with ricotta that are a match in heaven, and a perfectly cooked Guinea Hen.
Make it a must visit while in DC.
This is my 5th meal at Pineapple & Pearls and every time is just gets better and better. Loving how now they are brining a lot of table side presentations to the table. Every time I have visited the menu is almost completely new which show how much they push to create new dishes. Truly spectacular experience.
Somms Uncorked, a ‘Wine Dinner’ held at Jaleo Crystal City featuring dishes of Chef Jose Andres, each one paired with two wines from Andy Myers (Master Sommelier and Wine Director of Think Food Group) and Eric Segelbaum (Advanced Sommelier and Wine Director for Starr Restaurant Group)
December 17th, 2017
Chef Tom Cunanan
Bad Saint, the Filipino restaurant led by Tom Cunanan unveiled a new ‘holiday’ menu. A Pre Fixe / Tasting of 7 courses which will run until January 8 (However, I truly hope they keep the tasting format).
Two choices: Omnivore and Vegetarian. Anyone you choose, will leave you with a great understanding of his style and what the new Filipino cuisine has to offer.
As usual, no reservations, so lines form outside well ahead before doors open. Warm service, great ambiance, and delicious food (that probably you have never had before) is the great reward for your patience.
Come hungry …
A meal at minibar is always an experience. Jose Andres and team push boundaries of what is expected from food in his 24-seat counter in the heart of Washington DC.
Recently awarded 2 michelin stars for the second year in a row, the menu is extensive and interactive in many levels. Come in with an open mind and prepared to be fed by the chefs and blow smoke out of your nose. You will be at the first row of a show like no other in the country.
It is that time of the year again! Exactly one year ago (10/13/2017), the red guide arrived to Washington DC. With much controversy, Michelin awarded only 19 Bib Gourmands in 2017 (and 16 this year), 3 two stars, and 9 one stars.
Michelin, for many, is considered as the most important restaurant rating guide in the world and for many Chefs, attaining one star means is the pinnacle of their careers.
The Michelin Guide 2018 will be released this Tuesday October 17th 2018 and we are already hearing some rumors about who will be crown king of the DC food scene and how many restaurants will be elevated to the dreamed status of michelin starred.
Bib Gourmands are the “great value” restaurant list. Here, the anonymous inspectors are looking for an appetizer, main course, and a dessert or glass of wine within under $40 before tip and tax. These are the 2018 Bib Gourmand Restaurants:
This year I was expecting a higher amount of “Great Value” restaurant on the list. However, I was not expecting many of this restaurants to move up to the starred category as we know the Michelin guide is known for looking for consistency which means it sometimes takes years for a restaurant to be moved from one category to another.
For Michelin, DC was not worthy of the highest award on its first released in 2017. However, 3 restaurants received 2 stars:
I have witness these three restaurants on several visits during this year to really up their offerings and building a better experience in order to capture and charmed those michelin inspectors. However, most of the word on the street is that Michelin will play hard to get one more year (or more) and keep the 3 stars category empty to create that illusion of ‘unattainable price’. Some others feels that the oldest restaurant in the area will finally be crowned king of the Capital while some others feel that the lately affinity of michelin with modern experiences as seen with the elevation of the techno-emotional Ultraviolet increase chances for DC’s most avant garde and futuristic restaurant to claim such price.
With currently three restaurants in the 2 stars list, the big question is if any of the 1 stars will be elevated by the red guide. The current 1 star restaurants are the following:
While some think that Metier or Komi will be automatically elevated to 2 stars, some others feel that the elegant Italian eatery of Fabio Trabocchi may have the best chances to be the winning restaurant this year. Kinship has always been doing worthy food and Sushi Taro has an edge due to the red guide affinity to well crafted sushi.
The last questions are if the red guide will award any new stars in the district this year. With so many great openings this year the first though is that we will see quite some new stars popping up. Himitsu is by many the strongest contender in this category. Komi and Little Serow, the big omissions last year are also expected to make their appearance here. Mirabelle checks all the boxes to be awarded one star and Metier, who many believe may do the big jump to two stars is a solid candidate to land one star as well.
What are your thoughts on this years Michelin release? who gains stars?