Lunch at Alhambra — 14 August 2018

Alhambra

Alhambra

Next stop: Alhambra, a restaurant that offers French-influenced modern Mediterranean cuisine. It’s an elegant space in the St. Regis Hotel, at 16th and K Streets, two blocks from the White House. The word “upscale” keeps trying to sneak into my description of the hotel and the restaurant, but I’m trying to resist it. As the old saying goes, I avoid clichés like the plague.

Eggplant

Eggplant

The salads I create at home are wild, one-of-a-kind mixtures, made up of anything interesting I find in the refrigerator or on my shelves. Does bleu cheese work with raspberries and caramelized onions? Let’s try it and see.

For lack of a better word, I’m calling this appetizer a salad. It combined “Eggplant Caviar”, which is a lemony eggplant purée, with goat cheese, basil, and fresh figs. Topping it all was a little honeycomb. Interesting taste.

Lamb Shoulder

Lamb Shoulder

A simple main: Lamb Shoulder with tarragon and rosemary, on a potato purée. I would have had no problem at all with a second helping of this beauty.

Key Lime

Key Lime

I ended with this Key Lime treat. Tasted fine, but I’m not in love with two-bite desserts. “Feed Me!”


It’s a lovely setting, the food was good, and the service was excellent. Alhambra made a fine first impression.

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