I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now. But, I’ve been holding off for a time when I could give this post the love it deserves.
For my recent 30th birthday, my generous boyfriend took me for lunch at the highly acclaimed Cafe Atlantico in Penn Quarter in D.C. Cafe Atlantico is yet another of Jose Andres’ notoriously delicious and exciting restaurants.
Cafe Atlantico (as well as Jose Andres) is known for quality, upscale food in a beautiful, yet playful environment.
Going for lunch was a good call because we got a chance to sample high-end food for a reasonable amount of money. The total for one appetizer and two meals with tax and tip was around $50-not bad at all. And, I should note here that the portions were ample.
Since we’d never dined at Cafe Atlantico before, we let the waiter choose for us (btw, the service was excellent!). For the appetizer, we started with conch fritters served with avocado raviolois (more like light pouches of avocado mousse) atop a passionfruit puree. The conch fritters were salty and warm and grounded the whimsical avacado and citrus flavors.
For the main course, I had a grilled cheese sandwich with arugula and truffle oil. Let me assure you that this was no ordinary grilled cheese! The truffle oil added a mellow, nutty richness that made the sandwich decadent (think dipping a stick of butter into brownie batter) and indulgent, yet refined. A definite guilty pleasure! The crispy, salted fried weren’t bad either.
The boyfriend ordered an enormous burger with a fried egg on top. As I mentioned before, the portions weren’t small!
By the end of lunch, Cafe Atlantico had won my heart completely. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed my dining experience. There was no one thing, no one dish, that stood out, but for me, the event transcended the sum of its parts. I look forward to my next meal/adventure created by the culinary genious of Jose Andres.
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