siroc scallop

Here’s the last of the Restaurant Week posts, more than a week later. I hope I remember enough to write about it! (^___^);;; Final stop on my RW tour was Siroc, a “modern” Italian restaurant located near McPherson Square. It was rated by Washingtonian’s food critic as one of the top RW picks, so I was pretty excited to have lunch there. Some co-workers and I made a big trip of it, abandoning our cubicles en-masse for a leisurely Friday afternoon meal.

Lunch is definitely the time to go for RW to get the most out of your dollar. The $20.09 for three courses is a great deal, and I’ve noticed that most places don’t skimp on the portions – Siroc being no exception.

So, beginning with the appetizer course:

siroc tomato mozz

Organic Tomato and Mozzarella Salad, served with Deviled Egg and a Roasted Garlic and Basil Vinaigrette

I didn’t taste this one, but I heard there was nothing particularly remarkable about it. Tomato & mozz is a pretty standard combination, so it’s gotta have something a little extra to stand out. Same goes for deviled eggs.

siroc gnocchi

Hand-made Potato Gnocchi, tossed in Sage Butter, topped with Beef Bolognese and Fontina Cheese

This was my appetizer, which I enjoyed very much. The gnocchi had a nice smooth texture that I appreciated. I thought the dish could use some spice or heat though. I wouldn’t call it bland, but it wasn’t living up to its potential. You might be able to tell that this was the only photo where I used flash. (I’m not particularly happy with the way any of the pics turned out for this post… *sigh*)

Pictured at the beginning of this post was the final appetizer, pan roasted scallops with braised black lentils, tomato sauce and roasted artichoke. This was the best of the three. Nicely cooked scallops in a flavorful sauce. My friend who had this for her appetizer wished she could have ordered another plate of it for her main course!

There was actually a wide selection to choose from for the second course, but between the 6 of us, we only ordered two:

siroc veal

Free Range Veal Cheeks braised in Red Wine, served on Parmesan Polenta with Roasted Carrots and Pearl Onions

I only had a bite of this, but it tasted pretty good. (Though my friend preferred the scallops…) I’ve read that free range veal isn’t quite as tender as the usual sort (the kind where they lock the poor babies up), but I can’t confirm this from firsthand knowledge.

siroc crab

Sautéed Maryland Crab Cake made with Mascarpone Cheese, served with Local Squash, Pork Sausage and a Sweet Corn Sauce

I’m not sure if I was just too stuffed to really enjoy this dish, but I didn’t really like it that much. My own crab cake (not the one pictured here) was arranged very messily on the plate, and didn’t have the right texture for crab cake. I loved that it was chock full of crab meat, but I didn’t like how there was so little binding that it was falling apart. There ought to be balance between crab and binding in an ideal crab cake.

(Surprisingly enough, I still think the chocolate dessert bar CoCo Sala has the best crab cake in the area. Even though it’s the size of a golf ball).

siroc almond cake

Almond Cake on Cinnamon Zabaglione Sauce with Blueberry Topping

I could barely eat any of my dessert, which was a shame because I liked it. ♥ I love almond flavored anything, and an almond cake was a fun change from your usual vanilla sponge.

siroc tiramisu

Tirami Su Wrapped in Chocolate topped with Cocoa and Fresh Berries

This looked gorgeous! I didn’t have a taste of it, though it was apparently heavy on the liqueur. I’ve never seen it spelled “tirami su” before either.

siroc apple

Local Apple Tart with Caramel Sauce and Hazelnut Gelato

“Local” apple? I guess that meals locally grown. The tart was warm and lovely. The gelato was too hazelnutty though, for anyone’s liking.

Btw, loved the orchids on the desserts. Beautiful presentation!

I think some careful selection and a measured pace would have made this experience much better. But in all, not bad. (^__^)v

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A definite great read..Tony Brown


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