i like fish

As I mentioned in my last post, I ventured out during Restaurant Week to two downtown restaurants we’ve never been before. The experience was hit and miss – my first review on Restaurant Kolumbia – was for the miss. Now we come to the hit.

The original plan was to return to Pinzimini for some of their delicious Italian – despite Wayan’s dislike for the bar. But as the weekend approached, the size of our little group swelled from four, to seven, to ten, and we could no longer get a table at the restaurant at a reasonable time (I can’t eat dinner at 9 PM on a Sunday). So, back to OpenTable I went, to search for a new place to dine. Of the few options available, I noticed Grillfish – and for some reason I felt like I had heard about it – but wasn’t sure why. A few clicks later and I was reading through the restaurant’s description:

"Grillfish is a casual, moderately-priced restaurant, specializing in fresh, grilled seafood and deliciously-sauced pasta. The restaurant is dominated by its “signature” oversized, floor-to-ceiling, erotic mural extending the entire wall behind the large stone bar. A definite conversation piece. The bar is ornately decorated with massive mirrors, large columns and a multitude of glowing candles. These, along with the open kitchen where flames leap from the grill, create a warmth and intimacy in a casual atmosphere."

What can I say… They had me at erotic mural…

While parking near the restaurant is a bit of a challenge (there are private garages nearby if you can’t find street parking) once we entered, I had a feeling it was going to be a great dining experience. To accommodate our group, we were seated at a long wooden table right in the middle of the restaurant. The ambience is intimate – and there really is something about the combination of colors in the erotic mural, candles at the bar and table, and the flames from the kitchen that makes you feel like you have the place all to yourself.

Between everyone at dinner, we definitely covered the entire range of options available on the menu. It would take too long to list them all, but the overwhelming consensus was that the food was delicious. I personally had the rockfish (one of the few locally caught fish on the menu) and it was grilled to perfection. Just enough char on the skin to add a bit of crispness to a delightfully moist piece. While some of the side dishes were a little less enjoyable (the sauteed spinach has way too much garlic) overall Grillfish manages to serve great food without pretense or pretension.

Grillfish DC
1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-7310

2 Comments so far

  1. fishie (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 10:45 am

    What is this “way too much garlic” of which you speak? There’s such a thing?

  2. smouie kablooie (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    Don’t get me wrong Fishie, I love garlic. But when it’s added to complement sauteed spinach, and you lose the flavor of the spinach, I think that’s too much. If they had said sauteed garlic, as the side dish, that would have been much more accurate.

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