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Pearl Dive – Washington, D.C.

While waiting in line at Rose’s Luxury, I asked the foodies for oyster bar recommendations.  They all unanimously agreed on  Pearl Dive.

Located between the hip restaurant row of 14th st and the roaring corridor of U Street, this restaurant screams hip!

The restaurant has a rustic decor, with a bar upfront and a restaurant at the back.

We started off with oysters.. all sorts of oysters!

Wood Grilled East Coast Oysters (Garlic, Red Chile Butter, Gremolata).. Loved the flavour.. but kind of lost the oyster taste…

Angels on Horseback (Grilled-Bacon Wrapped Oysters, Vin Blanc, Vinegar Reduction)… Love anything bacon wrapped! even more so with oyster!

Tchoupitoulas (Oyster Confit, Blue Crab, Tasso Ham, Roasted Corn)… couldn’t taste the crab..

1 pound of Addie’s Mussels (Garlic, Shallot, Fumet, Butter, Lemon, Grilled Baguette)…the mussels were kinda small.. but were juicy… Loved the grilled baguette!

Spinach Madeleine Tart (Spinach, Artichokes, Béchamel, Parmesan Cheese)……

The quality of the food here was superbe….. so we decided to order 3 oysters each to start..

starting from the left to the right (the oyster taste goes from mild to strong): Goose Point WA; Tatamagouche NS, Old Blacksalt Va.

I can’t decide if I like the milder ones or the stronger ones… The milder one didn’t really have much taste.  But that’s a good thing? Cause it means it tastes fresh.  We liked it so much that we ordered other oysters to try.

Wildcat Cove WA; Battle Creek VA; Fishers Island NY

Wish we could have ordered more.. but we didn’t want to take any chance as we were taking the Amtrak to New York the next day.

Shrimp Dinner (Bacon Braised Organic Greens, Salt Roasted Potatoes & Creamy Cole Slaw, Classic Tartar Sauce )……

Wood Grilled Gulf Redfish Sage and Native Pecan Brown Butter, Stone Grits)…. I don’t think I’ve tried Redfish before… it’s tender.. but not like sea bass.  I liked how they garnished the fish with pecans.

cornbread!  freshly baked! we didn’t get it till the middle of the meal.. so soft and warm!

Pearl Dive is clearly a winner.. plus Food and Wine named it America’s Best Oyster Bar!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Pearl Dive

1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, United States
Phone:+1 202-319-1612
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Clyde’s of Georgetown – Washington, D.C.

Clyde’s of Georgetown is another one of  Washington’s institution, having opened more than 50 years ago.  It came up on my “what-to-eat” search from many sources.

The restaurant is famous for seafood! especially it’s crab tower!

crab tower (umbo lump crab salad, seaweed salad, tobiko, coconut-curry rice cake, avocado and ginger miso sauce)… all my fav ingredients together!!! look at all the crab meat!!!! I also liked how it incorporated a lot of different Asian elements.

linguine vongole….

Monthly special: Maine lobster with french fries and coleslaw….for only $19.95!!! Such a good deal!!! and it tasted fresh! There’s also an option of having just a lobster for $16!

Clyde’s of Georgetown

3236 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007, United States
Phone:+1 202-333-9180

Georgetown Cupcake – Washington, D.C.

Ever since it appeared on TLC’s  DC Cupcakes and other tv shows, Georgetown Cupcake became another crazed cupcakery in America.  It started with one shop in Georgetown and expanded to 6 other locations nationwide.

I read on Yelp that weekday lines are normally 30mins – 1 hour and weekends, 1-2 hours!  Instead of lining up, I ordered the cupcakes online a day earlier, and could walk right into the store to pick it up!

This was our first time in DC and instead of sightseeing, my first stop was to pick up my cupcakes!

TA-DAH!

We ordered:

1 Chocolate Coconut
1 Chocolate Ganache
2 Red Velvet
1 Salted Caramel
1 Vanilla Birthday

I love how the cupcakes are decorated.. it’s simple yet cute!  Tastewise… the cupcakes were tooooooooooo toooooooooooo sweet… to the point where we discarded the frosting and just ate the cake (which was moist)…

We were disappointed with the cupcakes.. and if I had to wait in line for these, these would not be worth it.

After the cupcakes, we had to walk it off before our next meal!

gorgeous Georgetown..

FAIM? un peu…

Georgetown Cupcake

3301 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States
Phone:+1 202-333-8448

Rose’s Luxury – Washington, D.C.

I’m wayyyyyyyyyyyy behind with my posts but I’m going to skip all the previous eats and blog about the “best new restaurant” in America, Rose’s Luxury.  This is another one of those crazy waits as Rose’s was just rated by Bon Appétit as the best new restaurant last month and it doesn’t take reservations.

When I first researched on DC eats, Rose’s hasn’t been named best new restaurant yet so I didn’t anticipate the 2-4 hour waits… until the hotel concierge told me to arrive by 4pm to line up for dinner.  Rose’s opens at 5:30……

We got there at 3:55pm and was 2nd in line.  I made new friends while waiting in so it made the 95 mins pass by in a flash.  They were foodies and gave great foodie recommendations for DC and NYC.  Thanks!!! By 5pm, there were around 80 people in line! A patrolling officer passed by and said this was the shortest line he’s seen…..

Rose’s Luxury serves southern comfort dishes with a Mexican, Asian and European flare.  The chef had previously worked with David Chang, of Momofuku! which we would try at our next stop in NY.

bing cherry, basil, lime, ginger beer….very interesting combination and oh so refreshing.. I think I’ll add beer to my homemade juices now.

Our new friend in line has a friend who’s a frequent VIP patron of Rose’s … so all the dishes we ordered were his recommendations:

sesame bread with butter drizzled in honey and topped with sesame and salt.. the honey butter just turns normal bread into a sophisticated side..

pork sausage, habanero and lychee salad…. this is their most famous dish… This dish requires mixing to infuse the flavours together.. Interesting approach to an Asian salad…

when mixed together, it looks something like this

watermelon salad with feta cream, black olive oil and watermelon radish.. tasted very freshing with hints of sweetness and saltiness… but was it worth 12 USD for cubes of watermelon????? It seems like the chef likes fruit salad.. I should try making it too..

mexican grilled corn salad, guajillo, lime and cilantro…. simple dish but made with sophistication..

honey -glazed carrots, mascarpone, matzo meal and dill... I feel like this dish is very healthy and organic..yumm! baby carrots!

linguitinni with saffron, shrimp, butter and lemon… this was our most favourite dish cause it has the most flavour.. buttery and strong shrimp taste.. yummm

classic cacio e pepe…. this was a free sample!  Classic cheese and pepper pasta…and even with this simplicity, this dish shines.

sfoglini rigatoni with melted heirloom tomatoes, basil and eggplant….. another classic pasta dish..but the sauce tasted very fresh… and obviously, the pasta was al dente.

English pea cake, mint curd, pistachios and buttermilk… This is ultimate dessert eye candy…. The presentation of this dessert is that of an English garden.. it tasted exquisite….. pieces of cake, mixed with all my favourite things, mint, pistachios and buttermilk.. ughhh so good!

goat’s milk stracciatella, raspberries, spicy meringue….. this was another free sample! The stracciatella, when paired with the spicy meringue, was a winning combination for the taste buds as it neutralizes each flavour.  For those who don’t like goat’s milk, you can’t really taste it.

smoked celery root mascarpone with chamermile honey ice and brown butter-walnut crumble…. This was sorta like my breakfast yogurt parfait.. but not really.. as the ingredients used were so unique… smoked celery root..   Who would have ever thought of it?

Apart from the food, the dining experience at Rose’s also includes the environment, ambiance and the staff.  As its name implies, dining here was really luxurious.  I felt like dining at Anthropology.. all the woodwork and pretty plates. The staff were all so cheerful and seriously, where else have you dined at with free plates of samples?

So the questions I got asked most after dining here were:

Was it worth the wait?  Yes, for 1.5 hours… but no if I had to wait longer than that…

Is it the best new restaurant in America?   The food and flavours here are inventive and I had a great dinner.. but best? I haven’t eaten at other contender restaurants.

Would I go again?  For the price, no. It came to around 150 USD for 3 people.. and we weren’t full!   If there were new dishes (the menu changes frequently) and a short wait.. and if I lived in DC, then yes.

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Rose’s Luxury

717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, United States
+1 202-580-8889