Café du Parc — Lunch on 18 August 2015

Café du Parc is one of the restaurants at the Willard Hotel, a few blocks from the White House. It’s also about seven blocks from 701 Restaurant, yesterday’s lunch spot.

Café du Parc

Café du Parc

Salmon Gravlax with Cantaloupe

Salmon Gravlax with Cantaloupe

Café du Parc is French, but my appetizer, Salmon Gravlax, was Scandinavian.  Gravlax is a Nordic dish made with raw salmon, and, in this case, a Port wine reduction.  It was served on a thin band of cantaloupe.

Short Rib Tagliatelle

Short Rib Tagliatelle

The “Tagliatelle” in this Short Rib Tagliatelle dish is a reference to the long, flat noodles.  The sauce is a tomato and red wine blend.

White Chocolate and Caramelized Pistachio Cremeux

White Chocolate and Caramelized Pistachio Cremeux

Once again, dessert was the high point. The cremeux rested on a wafer-thin dark chocolate brownie.  I often find coulis to be tasteless, but here, the strawberry coulis really added to the dish.

Cafe

Cafe

Café du Parc fronts on Pennsylvania Avenue, so there’s a lively street scene.  It was muggy in most of Washington today, but not at the restaurant.  There was a slight breeze, and the shade from the trees and umbrellas made for perfect al fresco dining.  I lingered.

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