Thursday, May 7, 2009

To Die For

Marcel's, Washington D.C.
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Pre-Theater Review
Honeyed lighting and a tuxedoed staff set the scene for a night of indulgence. Marcel's is the most expensive of the pre-theater menus I sampled -- indeed, it is one of the costliest restaurants in the city -- but once you experience the details of the deal, the price of admission makes sense.
The breads are baked in-house, and they're lovely. The amuse-bouche might be a demitasse of chive-flecked mushroom consomme that tastes like the distillation of a forest. Elegant meringue cookies follow the dessert course, and a sedan purrs out front, waiting to whisk you to the Kennedy Center at your meal's conclusion.
Then there's the French-accented cooking, precise and fetchingly displayed, of chef-owner Robert Wiedmaier, who presides over Marcel's from a raised kitchen with a view of the richly appointed dining room. Fresh pea soup is poured at the table into a bowl holding a few fine veal meatballs. The liquid tastes of spring. A roseate slab of duck liver pate arrives on a large white plate with flossy greens, diced fruit or a pinch of celery root slaw dressing each corner. I'm fond of an entree of salmon -- its skin as crisp and light as a potato chip, its flesh soft and succulent -- bedded on a buttery potato puree and moistened with a tomato-flecked beurre blanc. But slices of pork, while perfectly proper, are also perfectly unexciting.
The best part of a chocolate chiffon cake is its velvety scoop of rum-raisin ice cream that doesn't stint on the spirit. Marcel's reminds you how wonderful creme brulee can be when it's done right. Here, the silken custard is cool, its thin sugar crust crackles at the touch of a tine, and the dessert is staged in a shallow square with macerated berries in a raised ramekin and with a fragile orange-scented cookie. Throw in service that sees to your every wish, and you've got a pretty grand performance.
--Tom Sietsema (May 13, 2007)
The Deal: Three-course dinner for $52 includes car service to and from the Kennedy Center
The Time Frame:Daily 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Nearby Stages: Kennedy CenterReality
Check: $75 a person with a glass of wine, tax and tip
My daughter, the lawyer, is taking me to this fancy, swanky place.
How will a lil' ol' Whosyergurl from Indiana ever fit in?
I am flying out to D.C. the weekend of the 4th of July. We have tickets to The Color Purple at the Kennedy Center. I have my plane ticket and I am so looking forward to the weekend. We will also see the fireworks over the Potomac. My daughter's birthday is July 7th, so we will have a lot to celebrate and a weekend jam-packed with fun. I can't wait!

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