Table — Lunch on 15 August 2014

2014 Summer Restaurant Week, Day 5

Table

Table

This is quite a contrast w/yesterday’s lunch.  The Oval Room is an elegant restaurant near the center of political  power in Washington, between the White House and the K Street law firms and lobby shops.  Table is in the now-trendy Shaw, a neighborhood that’s undergoing rapid and massive construction and gentrification.

The Oval Room is sophisticated; Table is minimalist–it’s in a building that was once a garage.   The Oval Room is a DC classic; Table is new.

What they have in common is great food.  In 2013, the Washington City Paper named Table as Washington’s Best New Restaurant.

Table starter

Grilled Halloumi

Halloumi is a firm white cheese made from a mixture of goat and sheep milk.  It’s the national cheese of Cyprus, and can be eaten fresh or grilled.

This grilled halloumi salad included watermelon, confit of cheery tomatoes, and a mint-lime dressing.

Table main

Braised Pork Belly

The main was braised pork belly with brown ale mustard sauce and what the menu called  “tomatogrette”.  (I don’t know–I should have asked.  It’s probably the spicy side dish of tiny little vegetables).

The small  golden square next to the pork bellies is a panisse–it’s made from chickpea flour, and it’s two bites of deliciousness.

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