Vermilion — Lunch on 23 February 2017

The 2017 Winter Alexandria Restaurant Week runs through the weekend, but, for me, it ended Thursday with lunch in Old Town at Vermilion.

With temperatures once again in the mid 70s, it felt more like late April than February. I’ve yet to hear anyone complain. I certainly don’t regret cancelling my usual February escape to the mellow pleasures of New Orleans; this year, I was able to enjoy both New Orleans winter weather and New Orleans quality restaurants without even leaving home. I think I’ll have a Klondike Bar, and spend some time quietly contemplating what a clever animal I am.

Anyhow, Vermilion. Always excellent, always on The Washingtonian’s “100 Best Restaurants” list and The Washington Post’s annual critic’s favourite update.

It didn’t disappoint.

Cornmeal Crusted Oysters

Oysters

A great starter. Those are cornmeal crusted oysters on a citrus slaw. The swirl in the foreground is peppered Yuzu aioli. At first I thought the herb was an unfamiliar form of dill but it was fennel.

Pan Roasted Salmon

Salmon

Loved the pan roasted salmon, particularly the crusty skin. The white bean stew with chorizo was an interesting contrast.  “Pistou” is the French cousin of the Italian “pesto”, minus the pine nuts. Despite the iridescent colour, it didn’t add a lot of flavour to the dish.

Dessert

Dessert

Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake, What else needs to be said?

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