grapeseed chickenliver

The bistro / wine bar Grapeseed is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Bethesda, though I’ve only visited it a few times (mostly during Restaurant Week). Obviously they have a great wine selection, and I love their wine “flights” – tastings of three different wines in white, red, or sparkling.

I’ve heard the cuisine described as “seasonal” here, but the times I’ve come, the selection didn’t seem to change much. There was some variation in the sides that accompany the main courses, but not too much change otherwise. This is fine, really, since their dishes are mostly quite excellent.

Take the above picture, for instance: fried chicken livers with habanero pepper jelly. My friend says this is the best chicken liver she’s had in the area. Doesn’t seem like it ever lets her down. (^__^)

The other courses:

grapeseed arugula

Arugula Salad
Kalamata Olives, Feta, White Balsamic Vinaigrette

I loved this salad! A great combination of flavors, perfectly complimenting each other. I think arugula is my new beet. XD

grapeseed caesar

Grilled Caesar

I didn’t taste this large slab of grilled lettuce and oblong crouton thing, topped with what looks like sun dried tomato, but it looked pretty good!

grapeseed mozz

Buffalo mozzarella, with sides unknown. We couldn’t figure it out! Looks like it’s drizzled in a basil infused oil, though. The mozz tasted delicious topped with the tomato jam that they serve with your complimentary bread.

grapeseed steak

Pan Roasted Filet Mignon
Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Oxtail-Mushroom Ragoƻt

Loved the whimsical presentation of the horseradish mash, piped out through what looks like a pastry tip.

grapeseed lamb

Roast Elysian Fields Lamb Loin
Lamb Croquette, Feta, Spinach

I almost always get the lamb here, and to be honest…it was kind of disappointing this time. =( The lamb loin itself was fine, cooked to a great medium rare…I just didn’t like the rest of it. The lamb croquette was a little weird, breaded thing that sadly got a little mushy. And the spinach and feta just wasn’t very good as an accompaniment. I’ve had it before with other fabulous sides, so I haven’t quite given up on this dish yet.

13 Nov 2009, 3:56pm
by Nevin Martell


I assure you that the Grilled Caesar was QUITE zesty!

Cool, good to know! XD


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