2015 Winter Restaurant Week, Day 1
It’s Restaurant Week(s) again, so I’m off on a trek through some old favorites, and some interesting places I’ve never tried.
First up: Poste, a New American brasserie at Gallery Place. Poste—The “e” at the end is silent, btw—is located in the Hotel Monaco, which, long ago, was the DC General Post Office. (More on the hotel later.) According to the Washingtonian’s 2015 list, Poste is one of the area’s “100 Very Best Restaurants.”
Poste is across the street from the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I’ve walked by
dozens hundreds of times, but never eaten there before.
I started with Salmon Tartare, made with jalapeno, jicama, (which is Mexican yam), cilantro, shallot, and black garlic aioli.
The perfectly-cooked Pork Loin with mustard jus was served over piperrada, a Basque standard made w/onion, green peppers, sautéd tomatoes, red Espelette pepper, and chorizo. It was decorated with arugula.
Dessert was Tarte au Chocolat. Smoked tea chocolate custard, pecan meringue, poached cranberries, and bourbon pear ice cream.
The trek is off to an excellent start.
Hotel Monaco is part of the creative and imaginative Kimpton chain, a group of 61 boutique hotels, each of them unique, in 28 US cities. There are eight of them here in Washington.
Here are some pictures of the lobby at Hotel Monaco. “Eclectic” is the word that immediately comes to mind. Love the playful design!