Our family recently went to a fabulous French restaurant in the District. It is not new, but it was new to us! It is not always easy to go out to dinner in DC...so...much..traffic! But I have to say this restaurant is worth the trouble.
We started with the foie gras.
It was served over a bed of crunchy pain d'epices with mulberry preserves and toasted brioche points. My only complaint, NOT ENOUGH BREAD! So we ordered an extra basket of their lovely bread.
My daughter ordered the moules-frites (mussels and fries) while the rest of us got the steak-frites!
It was perfectly cooked with crispy fries and homemade mayo for dipping. Sorry, ketchup is an American thing. Unfortunately we were too full for dessert, but next time....
I also just loved the atmosphere of the place. A zinc bar surrounded by small tables with French bistro chairs was reminiscent of the many meals we enjoyed in France. The experience for me was both fresh and nostalgic. I just love everything French especially when I do not have to take a 6 hour flight to enjoy it.
My only complaint about Le Diplomate was that we were not aware they CHARGED FOR THE BREAD! Yep, $12 per basket! I thought our bill was a little high until I saw the charge for $24 ...BREAD! If I had known, I would have asked for a to-go box for the bread remaining in my basket. Next time, one bread basket - one dessert!
I highly recommend you make a reservation when you go because this place is very popular. Bon appétit!
1601 14 th St NW
Washington DC 2009