top 100: acacia bistro.

After a short hiatus from working on our Top 100 Restaurants goal, Chris and I got away to Acacia Bistro the other week (thanks to Savored!).  Acacia Bistro is a restaurant and wine bar located a short walk from the Van Ness metro stop.  It was a gorgeous night, so we were happy to have the little stroll before dinner, and then the uncrowded scene at Acacia made it easy to request a seat outside.

Not realizing that they were about to bring us delicious bread soaked in tomato sauce and some other lovely ingredients, we ordered the Goat Cheese Crostini to start.  Carb overload!

Goat Cheese Crostini

This has been typical of us over the summer, but we went with a standard New World Sauvignon Blanc.  We thought about branching out, but summer was almost over, it was a lovely night, and the wine does seem to go nicely with fish!  (Especially with Chris’s selection.)  The 2010 Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc was from Sonoma, California.  It wasn’t extremely memorable, but was reasonably-priced and perfect for the night.  Gotta love that fun wine menu!

2010 Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma, CA

I must say, I think my adventurous spirit discolored my experience at Acacia.  I wanted to try something new, so I decided to see what monkfish was like, and… I was not impressed.  Objectively, I could tell that the fish was prepared very well.  However, the whole thing tasted like strange dark chicken meat to me.  This is a beautiful picture of the display though!

Monkfish Alla Tapenade

Chris had better luck with his scallops.  I tried some too, and they were nicely seared and juicy.  The best part was the sauce, which was made up of cumin orange juice, brandy and orange peel.  Oooo la laaaa.

Grilled Sea Scallops

For dessert, we tried the Raspberry Mousse cake, and it was a great way to end.

Raspberry Mousse Cake

All in all, it was a good experience at Acacia Bistro.  We were surprised at how few people were there when we first arrived, but it definitely picked up by the time we were getting ready to go.  We got to witness a blind date encounter!  Or maybe it was the first in-person meeting from an online dating website.  I love people-watching in situations like that, and listening to the small talk take off.  Maybe Acacia Bistro will be instrumental in their love story!

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