Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Caucus Room

Last date I was here: 08/17/2010

Restaurant: The Caucus Room (http://www.thecaucusroom.com/)

Location: Penn Quarter

Total Rating: 4.05Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5

Summary: The Caucus Room was inspired by a vision to create a first class dining institution where Democrats and Republicans could come together over a great meal. This American steakhouse has served many politicians over the years and is know around town for their power lunches. Closest Metro Station is Archives/Naval Memorial.

It is Restaurant Week in our Nation's Capitol again, and I had the lovely opportunity to try the Caucus Room for lunch with my coworkers. We picked this restaurant for its reputation and close location. Upon our arrival, we were seated right away at a large table to fit our party of 8. It was not that crowded and the wait staff was very attentive taking all orders right away. We noshed on the fresh sourdough rolls as we waited (not long) for our first course. The options for the RW menu were either a salad of mixed greens or a smoked gazpacho. It was great to eat out with the large group because everyone ended up ordering each of the items, so I was able to at least see the different choices. The main entree choices were a sockeye salmon filet, oven roasted half bone chicken, or broiled flat iron steak. The portion sizes were quite larger than expected for lunch and even though it did not come with any sides, we ordered some broccoli for the table to share. One con that took away from the full score of 5 points, was that those who ordered the steak were not given the option of temperature preference. Comments shared were that the meat was a little too pink for the majority's taste. Although it is typical for some fine dining restaurants to not offer this option, leaving the discretion up to the chef, I agreed with my colleagues that it would have been nice to at least been able to have their preference in order the enjoy the meal better. On the other hand, flavors were bright and seasonal, and service was on par. For dessert, the options were between a raspberry sorbet with chocolate sauce or a chocolate mousse in a chocolate tulip cup drizzled with raspberry sauce. Again, lovely presentation of the desserts so much that some did not want to break their chocolate cups! Overall, everyone enjoyed their meal and some even declared they would go back for dinner. Make easy reservations to The Caucus Room on CityEats.

What I ate:

Mixed Greens Salad
with diced yellow peppers, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and a citrus vinaigrette

Oven Roasted Half-bone Chicken Breast
served with roasted grape tomatoes and a summer squash puree

Chocolate Mousse in a Chocolate Tulip Cup
served with a raspberry sauce

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