Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Washington DC: Dinner at DBGB KITCHEN AND BAR

Some of my girlfriends and I have decided to do a girls night once a month where we dress up and wine and dine ourselves. The first restaurant we picked is DBGB KITCHEN AND BAR. We decided to visit DBGB after attending for brunch a few weeks back and falling in love. 

The first thing that we did when we arrived was check out the cocktail list. Collectively we tried 4 cocktails on the menu and they were each innovative and creative in their own way. Being a bourbon lover my eye was immediately drawn to the SEXY SADIE backbone bourbon, lemon, blackberry, mint $14 (3rd drink from the right, pink). Man, this packed a punch; the bourbon really shined through but lemon and blackberries added a refreshing kick. My second drink was the FLORIDA MIST tequila, housemade black sesame-grapefruit soda, lime, salt $14 (far right). Put anything in grapefruit soda and I'll drink it. The black sesame really added a mysterious and unique, but tasty element to the drink that I can't really explain. Carrie stuck with these for the night, the BUZZWORDS chamomile-infused vodka, honey, lemon $14 (2nd from the left)- refreshing, comforting and fresh. Sarah ordered the DON'T WORRY, WE'VE GOT THYME enlightened grain windsor vodka, aperol, thyme, citrus, prosecco $14 (far let). Floral, bubbly, easy going drink. 
Bread, crackers and butter are brought out to the table before dinner is served. The bread is a carb lovers dream.
We split two appetizers : Sweet and Sour Eggplant $13 honey baked eggplant, sherry vinegar, sumac yogurt, mint, chickpea socca and the Burrata $13 arugula, pistachio, blood orange, pomegranate, mint.

Oh man, the eggplant. Words can not describe how delicious this dish was. The eggplant melted in your mouth and the hot (eggplant) and cool (yogurt) temperatures created a magical party for your taste buds. I could of just had two of these for dinner and been happy with my life choices that night. 
While you can't really go wrong with Burrata Cheese (it was creamy and everything it should be) the overall dish was a little salty and I would probably pass on this dish in favor of trying something else/new. 
After the appetizers, Carrie and I were not quite hungry enough to each get a separate entry so we split an entree and an appetizer. 

After spotting this dish at someone else's table, and the server told us it was the Crispy Lamb Belly $14 quinoa tabbouleh, harrisa yogurt, coriander. Being big fans of pork belly we decided to try this dish and it did not disappoint. 
Torn between a few items, we inquired with the server and she told us to go with the specialty dish of the restaurant, the Coq au Vin mushroom, lardon, pearl onion,chicken, spƤtzle $29. This dish was amazing, rich, smokey, tender and just full of flavor. 
I will say the only downside of DBGB is they are not super vegetarian friendly entree wise. Our resident vegetarian got a salad and a veggie side as their only vegetarian entree isnt listed on the menu. If you ask - they have a veggie pasta they can make you, but our server recommended picking an appetizer or two over the pasta. Sarah settled on the Roasted Beet Salad mitibleu cheese, endive, sunflower seed $14This was a very earthy tasting salad with a variety of textures, but while this beet lover thought it was ok, she would go with the server's recommendation of the Kale Salad next time. 
After seeing multiple pictures of this dessert online we knew we had to pick it - ROCKY ROAD PROFITEROLE  coffee-cardamom ice cream, marshmallow, hazelnut, hot chocolate sauce $9. Overall this was pretty darn tasty but I am not a huge fan of cardamom and had I actually read the description I probably would have gone a different path. Cardamom has a very different and very complex flavor profile, so if you are not familiar with it, maybe go with a different dessert. You are at a French restaurant, so you pretty much can't go wrong with desserts. 
Our server was great, the food was great. A great experience for the second visit back. My only complaints are the lack of a vegetarian entree and just a small complaint against the manager. He was going around checking on tables asking how peoples meals were and chatting - when he got to ours, he just took the check and swiped our cards without saying a thing to us. Rude. (It's my blog and I'll complain if I want to - set to the birthday song "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to")

Would I come back? Yes, this was my second visit here. I want to come back for that eggplant <3 and try a few more dishes. 

931 H Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Metro: Gallery Place or Metro Center
DBGB Kitchen and Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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