We Love Food: Equinox

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Situated on Farragut Square in the Downtown corridor, Equinox is unassuming on the outside. With a glassed-in atrium, it looks like it was once a lunch eatery or an after-work bar spot that has been transformed, to the best of an interior decorator’s ability, to an upscale dining room. After having a wonderful time at Equinox in the fall, partaking in the fall happy hour, I was dying to try Equinox for a full meal, and Valentine’s Day was the perfect excuse.

We were sat, and the meal started out with bread. I love bread – it has the potential to set the tone for the entire meal. Bread can be a warm welcome, a fabulous place for a meal to start, and unfortunately Equinox’s bread fell flat. Well, not the bread so much as the hummus that came with it. I’m a big fan of interesting spreads (hello, honey butter, yogurt dill cheese or herb butter) and so I was excited to try the hummus that came with a pastry puff bread and some sort of fruit and herb bread slices. It was bland. It was mostly tasteless, with sort of a weird aftertaste. I tried it with or without the bread, and have to say, that hummus was a mistake for the chef to send out. I could have gotten better hummus at Trader Joe’s. But luckily, the hummus was the worst part of the entire meal, and everything just got better from there. After the starting low, with the amuse bouche thrilled me. The amuse bouche paired a creamy, savory butternut squash soup with a crispy spinach and walnut spring roll slice. I kept telling Matt I wanted the soup in a trough, and I would have just stuck my face in it and left happy. The squash soup is the part of the meal I will have food dreams about from now on.

Next up came the appetizer, a prawn and endive salad with pistachios. Yum. The prawns were excellent, the citrus  tangy dressing was perfect for the salad. I was a happy camper, forgetting the horrible hummus start.

Next up was the striploin, served with a potato cake, and sauteed spinach. The potatoes were WONDERFUL, my big complaint was that there weren’t enough. I had to ration them out. The striploin was served with a balsamic drizzle, except I could tell that my plate had set under the heat lamp too long, and the drizzle had seared itself to the plate, so it was hard to pick up with the meat. The spinach was fresh, not too greasy, with a bit of garlic.

The cheese course was fun, and I enjoyed five out of the six cheeses. I loved the Firefly Black and Blue Cheese from Maryland, an incredibly strong blue cheese. It was perfect with the red wine fig chutney Chef Gray served up with the course. I also loved the Lionza cheese from Sonoma, a sharp Parmesan-Romano type dry cheese.

And to end the meal, I decided to go with the lighter of the dessert choices, the trio of ice cream. I was served coffee, lavendar and chocolate, in that order. The lavendar tasted exactly as it smells, an unexpected sweet.

All in all, a great meal. Matt called it one of his favorites of all time in DC, and I would have to agree. It’s the perfect place for a night out – even Obama thinks so, since he took Michelle there for her birthday!

Equinox is located at 818 Connecticut Ave. NW. Closest Metro stop: Farragut West. For more information, call (202) 331-8118.

Katie moved to DC in 2007, and has since embarked upon a love affair with the city. She’s an education reform advocate and communications professional during the day; at night and on the weekends, she’s an owner here at We Love DC. Katie has high goals to eat herself through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. For up-to-the-minute news and reviews (among other musings), follow her on Twitter!

8 thoughts on “We Love Food: Equinox

  1. Would you consider a single column layout? A double column layout in a blog with such small type is very hard to read and negotiate. It is hard to take katie’s reviews seriously since she does not eat Indian food or like Rasika ;-)

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  3. Given that you complained about the layout – an issue completely unrelated to the post in question – and then made an unfunny joke about her restaurant reviews being non-credible because of some of her food preferences…. exactly what kind of response would have been warranted? The only one that comes to my mind doesn’t pass my Mom’s “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” criteria.

    If you really need lessons on using the web in order to feel loved here, I’ll provide: your browser has a zoom/text size feature and we were very diligent to use web standards when we did our design. Press Ctrl-+ in any of the major browsers to increase your font size.

    Alternately, use an RSS reader. We currently have full articles in our feed and that way you can get the presentation you prefer.

  4. I am sorry for just trying to breathe some life into this blog. Week after week goes by and noone comments. Further, I was being tongue in cheek with my comments re: katie’s review. The fact that I was able to cross reference a prior post by her should indicate that I have been paying attention to her comments. Further, I clearly posted a smiley at the end of my comment to indicate the level of my seriousness. If all you want to do is pontificate, then buy a journal. If you want interaction and dialogue, then post on a blog. By the way, 8 out of 10 of my friends think that I am a good guy.

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