|Chocolate Tart with Caramelized Banana|
|Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope with Chestnut Puree|
|Crispy Striped Bass with Wakefield Cabbage|
|Roast and Confit Guinea Hen |
with Maitake Mushrooms
|Carpaccio ofLobster with Drawn Butter|
|Interior of Corduroy|
The night started with an amuse bouche of a small, piping hot serving of the Kabocha Squash Soup. Then the five courses were, in order, the lobster carpaccio, the guinea hen, the crispy bass, the antelope with chestnut and ended with the dark chocolate tart. (Another interesting twist on the tasting menu was that they offered each one of us a different dessert. I had the chocolate tart, the other meat-eater picked the apple tart tatin and the pescatarian chose the pistachio bread pudding. I think my desert was the best of the three, by far.)
The service was exquisite throughout, and the restaurant started off relatively empty but by the time we finished it was about half full but there was no diminution of the level of quality of service and the courses came at a very comfortable and timely pace. The food was superb, with my favorite being the antelope dish. It was perfectly paired with the chestnut puree (which tasted sort of like a semi sweet creamy mashed potatoes). I'm not a fan of brussel sprouts, but the ones with the guinea hen made me a believer in that vegetable. The lobster carpaccio sounds like a good idea, but it is really not. It's just sorta of weirdly gooey and bland, with a frankly unsettling texture. But the high quality of the rest of the courses (and the very tasty soup to begin) outweighed that single wrong note in the symphony of flavors the meal provided.
Corduroy was by far my most enjoyable dining experience I have had living in Washington for the last 17 months. I hope to dine there a couple of times more before I return to Los Angeles at the end of the summer.
Location: 1122 9th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001 (Mt. Vernon Sq/Convention Center).
Visit: Tuesday, January 15, 2013.