Restaurant Review: Table Washington, DC
If you are up for an interesting menu that challenges your tastebuds, in a casual setting, check out Table in Washington, DC. Before trying it out I had heard and read many reviews about this eatery just steps from the Washington Convention Center and a few blocks from Chinatown. Some reviews were good, some not so good, so I was interested to try it for myself.
Table opened in January 2013 and was listed by Bon Apetit as one of America's 50 Best New Restaurants. The restaurant is all about simplicity. You won't find fancy tables and stuffy dining here. When you enter the restaurant the kitchen is a long counter facing the dining room. Everything is out in the open. The menu includes French inspired fare, and is the creation of Chef Frederik de Pue.
While the inside of Table is simple, it's stylish and clean. Its comfortable for a small group of friends enjoying good food and some wine. The restaurant has a decent wine and beer list, but as of now does not have a full bar. This means no spirits. I found this to be a little odd, but it didn't detract from the experience.
I tried Table with a couple of friends and we had a great time. My first course was the Fluke Sashimi with hearts of palm and soy-yuzu vinaigrette. This dish was incredible and I would definitely recommend it, even for people who may not like raw fish. For my main course I had the Bison Hanger Steak with wheat berries, spinach and garlic (Pictured above). The spinach and garlic were served as small cubes that were almost like gelatin in consistency. It was odd, but delicious. The bison was the best I've ever had. The meat was perfectly cooked and the flavor and tenderness was almost that of a filet. I wrapped up the meal with a Ginger Apple Cake and double espresso.
Service at Table was good. Our server was knowledgable about the menu and was able to make recommendations. He was efficient without giving us the feeling he was always lingering around our table.
One of the things that really surprised me about Table was the prices. Washington, DC is home to many excellent restaurants and menu pricing can push the $40-$50 mark at some places. At Table prices ranged from $18-$34 for a main course. For the quality of the food, this is a good price for the Washington, DC area.
If you're visiting or live in Washington, DC definitely check out Table. Go in with an open mind and try something new.
903 N Street NW, Washington, DC
(Exterior and interior photos of Table courtesy of the Table website)