Seasonal restaurants like 2941 change their menu all the time as new products become available (for example, here is a post from last Summer), so I like to try to keep stopping in and see what is new. Here is a look at the menu as it was at the end of April.
Beef Tartare with baby kale, cornichon, Dijon mustard, fried potatoes. Those potatoes were pretty killer.
Tart with mangalica ham, creme fraiche, and onion. Good, but not great - I probably wouldn't order it again.
"Lobster Roll" with tomato gelee and avocado. Very light and refreshing.
I'd been meaning to try this restaurant for a while, but it is inside a hotel which always makes me wary - overpriced and mediocre quality are the norm. The website claims that the chef is devoted to farm-to-table cooking and that they have an organic garden that provide herbs and produce and that they use local meats - I'm a sucker for all of that. So I finally just went over there for lunch to try it out.
My first impression was that the space is GORGEOUS - modern, impeccably designed. The hotel is very modern and upscale on the inside, too - which you cannot tell from the outside. The restaurant is long and narrow, with huge windows that run down the entire length of one side and provide lots of light during the day. When you enter, you walk past the kitchen with wood burning stove (hence the name) on the right and a large, glass-encased wine room on the left. The dining room is decorated with pearlescent white leather, pale green, and purple alligator print - very modern and luxe. There are glass fireplaces set at intervals throughout, just in case you forgot the name of the restaurant. It's very trendy and modern and I totally love it.
Now, the food - good quality with inconsistent pricing.
The lobster roll is what brought me here over the summer. The quality of the lobster salad was good and the buttery brioche bread was tasty, but as usual the ratio of bread to lobster was too high. Red Hook Lobster Pound really has spoiled me for life. I wasn't a big fan of the house chips - nice crunch but no flavor. The pickles, however, were fantastic - and served in an adorable tiny jar with a tiny spear fork.
This turkey sandwich is very much Thanksgiving-esque with caramelized onion, cranberry mayo, and their signature bacon jam. That isn't deli turkey, either - it is big slabs of roasted turkey breast. Huge, delicious, good value.
The fall agnolotti was very good, too, wit brown butter, crispy sage, lemon ricotta, and walnuts. I didn't see any figs though, which are listed in the description. Here's where the prices here get a little wonky - that giant turkey sandwich was $13.50, and this tiny appetizer sized pasta (which is billed as an entree) is $16. I mean - what?
My husband said he liked this turkey chili with white beans, cheddar, creme friache, and hot sauce. But I thought it was overpriced - $20 for a bowl of chili, just because it's listed as a main instead of a soup or appetizer.
Here is an example of the uneven pricing that swings the other way, thank goodness. This giant dessert of fresh made butterscotch pudding (served warm) with scotch soaked pound cake, salted caramel sauce, and fresh whipped cream is enough for 4 people, easy - and it's priced the same as the other desserts! It is ridiculously decadent and delicious and I love that they serve it in a pot with the little Le Creuset spatula.
We also got to try a free dessert that the chef was working on - angel food cake with more of that salted caramel and whipped cream. When I saw it I thought - boring. But it was actually really good. The thing with simple dishes is that each component has to be top notch, and that was the case here. Now I get why the chef wanted people to try it for free - you might not order that if you saw it on the menu, but once you knew how good it was that would change.
Here's an insider tip - if you check in using the Yelp app, you will get a coupon to take home a little jar of bacon jam! Do it - it's fantastic.
My takeaway from Harth is that the main plates are overpriced, so stay away from those. Stick with the creative sandwiches, huge salads, and wood fired flatbreads. If you are with a group, definitely get that butterscotch pudding. And take advantage of the fact that Mon-Fri any glass of wine is $8.
I've written about 2941 before (here and here), but not since they revamped their restaurant to be a little more casual and less intimidating. We had been checking their ever changing menu online, but nothing really caught our eye until recently. Then, all of a sudden, the whole menu matched what we were craving and off we went! Be aware that this menu is from a few months ago.
Steak tartare with basil, Parmesan, toasted bread, and micro greens. This is really a 1 per person size, and trust me - you won't want to share.
Zucchini fritters with a feta and mint dip; salmon carpaccio.
Beet salad (sorry for the fuzzy photo - somebody was impatient to eat it).
Tuna tartare with avocado, crispy shallots, and jalapeno. I was actually I little disappointed because the avocado was more like guacamole, which wasn't what I was looking for. But by no means was it bad.
Asparagus ravioli with white asparagus, mint, thyme, burrata, and Parmesan.
Duck confit ravioli with tomato jam and fiddlehead ferns.
Yummy steak fritte dish.
Strawberry shortcake with coconut, shredded phyllo, and white tea ice cream.
Overall, everything was as fresh and beautiful as it's always been and the more relaxed atmosphere was refreshing. I don't think the remarketing has done any damage to 2941 and I hope it helps to bring in more people.
The new Mosaic Shopping Center in Merrifield, VA is super cool. There's a Target, an indie movie theater, a gym, boutiques, and cafes. Sea Pearl is one of the larger, less casual restaurants in the center. The website describes it as "Asian inspired modern American cuisine." The main focus is seafood - they have both cooked dishes and sushi - but they also have some meat dishes and a pretty good brunch (on Saturday, too, which I love). It's quite large and the decor is really lovely. It's a little on the feminine side, which would make it perfect for ladies' brunch or girls' night out (the drinks are good, but with DC prices). I've never seen it packed, so large groups could be seated easily.
Let's start with Brunch, because that is what I go for most often.
Cinnamon churros with warm chocolate dipping sauce: these are super awesome - hot, fresh, crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. Love it.
Ricotta fritters with honey and seasonal fruit (this time it was apple): these are good too, fluffy and rich. If you had to choose only one pastry though, I'd go with the churros.