It’s that time of the year again! Winter Restaurant Week 2017 started last Friday.*
This year, the RW season started with Bethesda Restaurant Week, and I started at one of my favourite Bethesda restaurants, the revitalized Le Vieux Logis. The pictures above are part of the mural that covers two sides of the building.
I had Seafood Paella Soup as a starter. The server poured the rich broth over bits of shrimp, mussels, and white fish at table, the way it’s meant to be done. As always at Le Vieux Logis, it was wonderful.
I’ve got to apologise for the awful, murky quality of the photography in this posting. The interior of the restaurant is a little dim, so it was impossible to get a good image. Just take my word that the main, Parmentier of Beef Short Ribs, with Root Vegetables, was beautifully plated.
If you’re unfamiliar with the word “parmentier,” it’s mashed potatoes over a meat base. Just think Shepherd’s Pie. The seasonal vegetables included carrots, onions, Brussels sprouts, and leeks, brightened by pomegranate seeds.
It was a great start to Winter RW 2017.
*Actually, it’s Winter Restaurant Weeks in the DC metropolitan area. Friday was the beginning of Bethesda (Maryland) Restaurant Week, which runs through Sunday, 22 January. A week later, postponed because of the Inauguration, Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week kicks off. This is the big one big. It features more than 250 restaurants in the District, Maryland, and Virginia. It ends officially on 5 February, but many places extend it for a second week. Then on 17 February, Alexandria (Virginia) starts its 10 day Restaurant Week. (You might have noticed that a “week” lasts 10 to 14 days in Washington’s winter months. This is not news to anyone who has lived through one of DC’s seemingly endless Februaries.)