Lunch at Restaurant Eve

creamy risotto
La brought me to Old Town, Alexandria to try one of the most lauded restaurants in the Virginia/DC area, Restaurant Eve.

The restaurant was located in a historic warehouse  that the owners converted into a quaint restaurant.
Restaurant Eve

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To get to the restaurant’s front door you have to pass through this dark hallway.
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The restaurant had several dining areas namely, “The Chef’s Tasting Room” and “The Bistro.” The first offered an expensive degustation menu while the latter featured upscale food choices.

We had lunch at The Lounge where the had the famous Lickity Split menu.
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The Lickity Split Lounge lunch menu gave diners the option to choose from any two items in the menu for a grand total of $14.98. You can have a cocktail and a sandwich, soup and salad, salad and desseert. Any combination you want.
Restaurant Eve menu

Since the co-owner and chef, Cathal Armstrong is Irish the restaurant used Kerry Gold Irish butter. My friend told me that Kerry Gold butter is richer, creamier and much better than regular American butter. One taste and I agreed with him wholeheartedly. The butter had just the right touch of salt and lots and lots of flavor.
Kerry Gold butter & bread

My cousin La chose the soup and salad of the day which was highly recommended by our server. The cubanelle pepper soup was very flavorful and used a lot of Indian spices.
Cubanelle pepper soup
cubanelle pepper soup

The salad of the day was fresh greens with sliced fennel and perfectly pan fried fish which was crisp on the outside and tender and flaky on the inside.
salad du jour

I chose two main courses which in my opinion was the best bang fro my buck. Thankfully the creamy risotto was just the right size. The risotto was made with chanterelle purée and Parmesan cheese.
creamy risotto
creamy risotto

The rice was perfectly al dente and the taste made me weep. I could taste the smoky saltiness of the cheese, the earthy flavors of the mushroom and the lasting flavor of rich butter. Magnificent!
creamy risotto

My second course was the Irish BLT sandwich.
Irish BLT
Irish BLT sandwich

The Irish bacon was not your typical thin, crisp and fatty bacon. This bacon was made from pork loin and it was thick and slightly salty. It had a velvety texture that reminded me of liver. Together with the tomato relish and arugula mesclun it made for one terrific sandwich.
Irish BLT

My only complaint was the bread. It was hard and fried in butter. It was too greasy with all the mayonnaise in the filling. I transferred all the filling to the plain French bread and that’s when the flavor of the bacon revealed itself. The original oily bread was too distracting for the filling.
Irish BLT

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me and La

After lunch we took a walk around Old Town, Alexandria and admired the architecture.
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Old Town Alexandria

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Restaurant Eve menu-1
The Tasting Room menu
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The Bistro menu

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The Bistro’s desserts and cheese

The Lickity Split menu was really a great deal. One day I hope to try the food at The Bistro and maybe, just maybe the 5 course degustation menu at The Tasting Room.

Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
telephone:(703) 763-7025

One thought on “Lunch at Restaurant Eve

  1. hi,leslie!!! the risotto looks so yummy!!! we started loving it during our visits to italy…weorder it also in restaurants in manila, and i sometimes make it at home, though mine does not look as creamy as this, just a bit less ‘wet’-looking than the picture…perhaps i should make mine creamier next time!…love your blog! and yes, email me when you do reviews in bacolod =) all the best!!!


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