Monday, March 14, 2016

Washington DC: Dinner at Crane and Turtle in Petworth

One of my foodie friends messaged me the other week about Crane and Turtle - she wanted to go because they are closing up shop April 24 and it's gotten rave reviews (It's in the Top 100 Washingtonian Restaurants for 2015). The restaurant isn't closing because they can't keep up with the DC restaurant scene, they are closing because Head Chef Makoto is moving to New York. "The restaurant is so connected to Makoto and to his background and to his cooking that it was hard for us to imagine continuing it without him," says co-owner Paul Ruppert. "We thought it was best to go out on a high note and spend these next two months celebrating that and then open with a new project." (quote taken from Washington City Paper) 

Head Chef Makoto blends his culinary background with his cultural background, fusing together French and Japanese cuisine. This results in food combinations that you wouldn't think of putting together, creating a dancing party of flavors on your tastebuds. This is a foodies haven, and if you put yourself in this category (trying things a little out of the ordinary) - a visit to Crane and Turtle before it closes is a must. 
We split two starters - the Sea Trout Carpaccio Avocado Mousse, Smoked Ikura, Dill Crème Fraîche $9 and the Roasted Baby Carrots Brussels Sprouts, Cheddar Corn Muffins, Mustard BBQ Sauce $11. I can't seem to make myself like raw fish, but Amy really enjoyed this carpaccio - however the avocado mousse was creamy and delicious and I dipped my bread in it. The carrot oh man - roasted vegetables are just perfect. There is nothing better then that sweet, crispy caramelization on the outside. Pair that with the tangy mustard bbq sauce - just a perfect combo. 

Amy ordered the Mugi Miso Red Snapper Romaine Lettuce, Couscous, Boiled Peanuts, Cauliflower Purée $27. This dish was very good, if you haven't ever had grilled lettuce - you should try it out. Much milder in flavor profiles compared to my dish, but a solid and and fun dish. 

I went with the Goan Brook Trout Vindaloo Eggplant, Potatoes, Almond Ricotta, Banyuls Gastrique $26. This dish was a work of art. I assumed based off my knowledge of Indian food (Vindaloo = spicy), it might be a spicy dish but it wasn't. The flavors were complex but tended toward sour and tangy because of the gastrique while the ricotta added a creaminess to the dish that rounded everything out. I really enjoyed the flavors and originality of this dish - it was unlike any other fish dish I have had before. 
Service was great, food was stellar - I am sad to see this place to go, but will definitely make the trip back to this spot in DC to see what the owners come up with next!

If you can swing it, I highly recommend visiting before it closes up shop! Make sure to make a reservation as it will most likely be pretty busy (I went on a Tuesday and it was pretty full!). 

828 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC
Metro:Georgia Ave Petworth Station 

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