Restaurant Eve Entrance
2018 Winter Restaurant Week 3, Day 1
I’ve saved the best for last. My final stop on the 2018 Winter RW tour was Cathal Armstrong’s Restaurant Eve, in Old Town, Alexandria. The meal, the service, the ambiance—everything was flawless.
This is where President and Mrs. Obama celebrated their 19th anniversary.
The entrance to the restaurant is marked by a small, easy-to-miss sign next to an open door. You walk down a long, dark, open-air passage to get to the restaurant proper. Inside, you find—here comes that word again—elegance.
Long Dark Passage
Mussels and Clams
First up: Clams and Mussels with Moroccan Spice. The spicy sauce is what made this dish so memorable.
Then came this beautiful piece of perfectly cooked Icelandic Cod, served with new potatoes and fennel in a shellfish nage, which was so rich and creamy that I was half-tempted to drink it straight from the pan.
The first two courses had been splendid, but dessert, Meyer Lemon Pavlova with Raspberry Granita, was flat-out amazing. It blew everything that had come before out of the water.*
Pavlova, named after a Russian ballerina, originated in New Zealand about a hundred years ago. A pavlova is a meringue with a crunchy crust and a soft sweet filling, topped with cream and, in this case, preserved raspberries grown in the restaurant’s garden last summer.
“It’s the chef’s favourite dessert,” my server told me, and that was easy to believe.
So I ended 2018 Winter Restaurant Weeks on the highest possible note. I’d found some great new places that I’m sure I’ll be visiting again, and a couple of not-so-great places to cross off my list. As ever, it was an interesting and hugely enjoyable adventure.
And it’s only six more months until 2018 Summer Restaurant Weeks.
*Appropriately, since cod, clams, and mussels are seafood.
(I believe this is what’s known as a “Dad Joke”.)