When we arrived in D.C., it was already late afternoon. After checking into the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center, we headed to the lobby to drink some cold water that had fresh honeydew and watermelon in it. We later found out they had them at the lobby everyday in the afternoon for the guests to enjoy since the weather in D.C. was very warm.
We found out from the concierge that it was Restaurant Week and a lot of restaurants were offering a 3 course meal for $35 per person. We went on Yelp and found a three and half stars restaurant in the area, and while waiting for our table, we walked around the neighborhood. These houses were more commonly seen in the east coast but not in California.
Birch & Barley
1337 14th St. NW
Washington D.C. 20005
The food and the service were excellent at this restuarant. To compensate for the long wait, we got this small complimentary snack.
Fried potatoes and Basil topping on baguettes.
This is their 3 course resturant week menu. (click to see their menu online)
Instead of regular house bread, they served 3 different kinds of freshly baked dinner rolls.
Corn bread, Olive roll, Pretzel roll
For our first course, we chose these:
Vialone Nano Risotto, green summer squash, squash blossoms, romanesco
Yellow Garden Gazpacho, maryland blue crab, celery, green apple, almonds
House Formed Sweet Corn Tortellini, broccoli rabe, pinenuts
This is not included in the meal I was willing to pay for the extra $8 just to try their foie gras. It came with a warm brioche. This was just done perfectly.
Foie Gras Terrine
For our second course, we had these:
Cioppino of Halibut, seafood sausage, mussels & clams
Pan Seared Poussin, cornbread stuffing, confit thighs, potato rosti, swiss chard
Next we received another complimentary dish:
Rasperry and prosciuto pizza
By the time we finished the pizza, we were full. We didn't realize we would get so much complimentary food, and the dinner just kept getting better and better.
For our third course, we had these:
Buttermilk Panna Cotta, passion fruit cream, apricot sorbet, graham cracker
Chef’s Selection of Artisanal Cheeses with accoutrements
The total bill for the entire dinner was $150 including tips. We were very happy with the experience and the food was delicately done and service was just phenomenal. It's definitely a place we will remember for a long time.