A few months ago, a bunch of girlfriends and I went to Table, a restaurant located two blocks away from us in Shaw. I’ve been a few times, and always walked away relatively satisfied but never blown away. They are always making changes to their menu, so when SBS suggested eating there one Saturday, I was happy to give it another shot.
The restaurant has a warm, cozy interior with an open kitchen on the first level. We were seated on the second level, which was more secluded and quiet. To start, the five of us split the mushroom tart, as well as some meats and cheeses. The mushroom tart was a “deconstructed” tart, so basically pieces of pie crust with mushrooms on top. The crust was light and flaky, and the mushrooms were cooked well. We had no complaints, but it was nothing extraordinary.
For our main courses: SBS and KBS both ordered the lobster ragout with bisque sauce, SM ordered the beef tenderloin, NF ordered the grilled whole branzino, and I ordered the duck breast with apple risotto. Everyone seemed to enjoy their main course. The duck breast was perfectly cooked (medium rare), and the apple risotto was pleasant.
For dessert, the five of us split the chocolate cremeux, which consisted of marshmallow ice cream and cocoa nibs, and the orange blossom flavored ricotta beignets. The beignets came out fresh from the fryer. They were extremely fragrant and we polished them off in seconds. The chocolate cremeux was decent, but a little too sweet and lacked character.
Overall ,the meal was good but forgettable. I am having a hard time actually recalling specific details from our meal. I’m not sure what to say about it because I have no specific complaints, but I also feel slightly underwhelmed by the experience. In fact, the most memorable thing from the meal was the 90’s playlist in the background. After spending an hour and a half listening to Alanis Morissette, Backstreet Boys and N’Sync, we felt 17 again (I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing), and it inspired us to watch throwback YouTube videos for several hours after our dinner (nothing gets your night going quite like some Mandy Moore and Destiny’s Child). I am glad the Table is an nearby option on our neighborhood, but I would not go out of my way to eat there.
The desserts (chocolate cremeux and ricotta doughtnuts)