What a great way to start 2016 Summer Restaurant Week!
Despite its pretty and oh-so-French exterior, Le Vieux Logis—“The Old Lodge,” named for a famous inn located in the Dordogne—had been in declining health for years, until it was purchased by French chef Christian Gautrois and his wife in 2014. They brought in a new chef, brightened the interior, revamped the menu, and turned Le Vieux Logis into what some people say is the best of Bethesda’s ~200 restaurants.
What, I wondered were “Shrimps “Kadafi”? They’re extra-large shrimp (I know, contradiction in terms) wrapped in shredded phyllo, served over a bed of roasted eggplant caviar, with a gazpacho sauce. Wonderful stuff!
I had perfectly cooked Pork Loin for the main. The pork was wrapped in smoked bacon and served with green lentils, string beans, carrot slices and a Dijon sauce.
This was my first visit to the new Le Vieux Logis, and it made a wonderful first impression. The fresh, creative cuisine, the charming atmosphere, and the excellent, friendly service transported me back to Paris. I was home.
Over the last two or three years, Metro Washington has an alarming number of homey little French restaurants. I miss my old standby, Cafe La Ruche in Georgetown, and ever since The Little Fountain closed last month, I’ve wondered what could replace it.
At Le Vieux Logis, I may have found it.