Tuesday, August 20, 2013

DC Summer Restaurant Week 2013: Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle

The end of the summer is here and that can only mean one good thing, DC summer restaurant week. This year I am only able to make it to two restaurants, the first being Bistro Bistro in Dupont Circle (I'm going to Ambar Sunday, pretty pumped). The inside of Bistro Bistro is adorable, quite a quaint restaurant. 
We started off our meal with some red wine and they brought out a roll with two dipping sauces. Both were not very good, most of the tables around us left theirs untouched. 
For restaurant week they let you choose an appetizer, an entree and dessert with champagne from a special menu. For my appetizer I chose the Avocado Mozzarella salad fresh avocado, buffalo mozzarella, tomato, olive oil. The mozzarella was fantastic but the tomato wasn't ripe the dish was lackluster. Carrie got the Moules Marseillaise Bouchot mussels steamed with garlic, fennel, tomatoes, saffron-shellfish broth. This dish was fantastic, the mussels were cooked perfectly and the sauce was very flavorful. 
For entrees I picked the Garlic Rosemary Lamb-chops marinated with a garlic, rosemary balsamic reduction served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. These were ok, the lamb could have been a lot more tender and the chops were so small it was hard to get a bite size piece without a little of fat on it. Carrie ordered the Linguini Bistro tossed with lobster meat, squid, scallops, mussels, shrimp & mushrooms in a lobster bisque sauce. Unfortunately most of this dish was overcooked (seafood + pasta) so it was hard to enjoy. 
For desserts we went with the Creme Brûlée and the Chocolate Soufflé  Both delicious desserts, probably the best part of the meal. Dessert also came with a glass of champagne. 
While the service and desserts were great the rest of the meal was not very good. I don't like it when restaurants don't feature dishes from their normal menu, and only a few choices available for restaurant week can be found on their menu. While I wouldn't be back for the food, I would come back for happy hour (4-7pm, mon-fri) as I love the way the inside of their restaurant looks and the drink specials are pretty good. 

1721 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
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