The streets were a bit easier to navigate on the Tuesday after the blizzard, but the government was still shut down, and when the government shuts down, the rest of Washington follows suit. With downtown Washington abandoned, I had 701 almost to myself on Tuesday. It was the culinary equivalent of being at the Kunstgewerbemuseum.
701 is part of the Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, which means that it’s very, very good. Knightsbridge includes Rasika, which is sometimes called the best Indian restaurant in the United States, and the Oval Room, across the park from the White House.
Brilliant starter. The server brought me a bowl holding Duck Confit Jam and Foie Gras Mousse, then covered them with a serving of rich Chestnut Soup.
Pork Loin was the main, with Wheat Berries, Wild Mushrooms, and a Pear-Miso Butter. Every course of this meal introduced me to something new—I’d never had Chestnut Soup, and Wheat Berries were new to me as well. Wheat Berries chewy wheat kernels, something like Bulgur.
Elderflower Curd, another new treat. It was made with Pineapple, Pink Peppercorn, and Coconut, and when I finished it, I felt like Oliver Twist, wanting More! Not because i was hungry, but because it was so good.