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Mintwood Place, Chef Cedric Maupillier on Columbia Road in Adams Morgan

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:43 PM

Lamb Fries (aka Shenandoah Mountain oysters) now on the menu (wether you like them or not ewe have to try them)

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:40 PM

(wether you like them or not ewe have to try them)


He says, sheepishly,

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 08:54 AM

ewes have small fry not "lamb fries"

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:32 PM

Oh, to be in Adams Morgan now that Restaurant Week is here . . . and a snow storm is in progress.  Dame Edna and I normally eschew RW; but, I noticed that the entire menu was up for grabs and so made a reservation for tonight long before the forecast became so dire.  I was wondering when would be a good time to call and see if they would be open tonight when they called me first. Yep, they were calling their entire ressie list to see who needed to cancel and who didn't. (I had to give them a CC number, with the proviso that they would charge $20 a person for no-shows, when I first made the reservation.)


So, we bundled up and trudged the two or so blocks and found a band of hardy souls ensconced in the bar area.  We got to choose our table. It seems that everybody in the place was, not surprisingly, walk-ins or neighborhood people like us who had previously reserved a table. Needless to say, they lost of ton of business tonight and not unlike every other restaurant in the entire Metro area.


Also not surprisingly, the service from beginning to end was very friendly and attentive. :) Kind of like we were all a Band of Brothers--enduring hardship but without the fighting and dying going on.


The walk there was a little bit slow-going and it was still snowing quite a bit and the forecast was for drastically falling temps and lots of wind later on.  However, when we left to go home there were merely flurries and no wind at all. It was quite pleasant--comparatively.  At least we didn't have to worry about traffic. The cars were few and far between on Columbia Road. However, all those unshoveled sidewalks are going to be impassable by tomorrow morning.


It may have been RW, but Mintwood didn't slack up in the least.  Because of all the previous positive comments about the confit calf's heart, I got that for a starter. DE got the burrata and kale salad. I didn't get a bite of that, but he ate it all. This was as good as everybody has said and quite rich, but I realized that if I ate the whole bowl, I wouldn't have room for anything else, so I had the uneaten half packed up to go.  Not a problem--since I mentioned earlier that the service was very attentive.


I had eaten the Dorade there before, so went with the crispy trout. It was an enormous portion of perfectly fried fish with a wonderful accompaniment of green papaya slaw and a sauce.  i had half of that packed up to go, as well.


DE wanted to order the bacon cheeseburger, but I gave him the "evil eye" because there is no reason to order what is normally the cheapest thing on the menu when all of it is the same price. So, he ordered the Beef Bourgononne (however it is spelled) instead, The bite I got of that was better than the same dish I made for NYE, alas.


The desserts were as carefully made as the rest of the dinner, but I was too full to appreciate it very much and I am not much of dessert fan after such rich food, anyway. 


We had the option of ordering al a carte, but what is the point of that? Under normal circumstances, meaning not during RW, we would probably order less food and at least share an app and a dessert. As it was, we were able to try quite a few more items. Isn't that the point of RW anyway?


So, am I glad that Mintwood is a "neighborhood" joint? Why, yes, I am--especially when it is a "destination" restaurant at a time when almost nobody can get to it.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 01:21 PM

I normally love Mintwood.  Unfortunately, I had a very different experience from Barbara.   When I made a reservation, I was not told that they'd extended RW and were only doing an RW menu.  To be fair, their RW menu covered much of their menu but was missing my favorite -- the beet mountain pie.  More importantly, though, it was just a different restaurant.  They were turning over tables very quickly, and the food was below par.  Several dishes were dramatically underseasoned or had other big technical flaws.  It felt like the chef went on vacation and the kitchen's b-team was just mass producing dishes without tasting them.  Because I've had many good meals there before, I'll certainly return.  But this leaves me wary of going anywhere around restaurant week, and I lost some respect for the Mintwood team.  

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:42 PM

Completely agree with weinoo. Went a couple months back and ordered 6 or 7 things off the menu. The only things that were even good were the octopus and the wings. The rest was very meh. Hadn't been before the change in concept that others are referencing, but I won't be giving it another shot. Probably 1.5 stars if I had to put a rating on it. I should note that I may be an outlier because I thought a similarly well regarded place (Mintwood Place) was just as meh in terms of taste.


I actually think that's what Mintwood has morphed into...more meh than when it opened.

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 11:27 AM

Heading to Mintwood Place this week, any recommendations that people on this forum have for dining here?

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 11:57 AM

Heading to Mintwood Place this week, any recommendations that people on this forum have for dining here?


My boyfriend and I went to Mintwood two weeks ago and had a fantastic meal that I had forgotten to post about. Overall, everything we had was great and it's hard for me to see how you can go wrong. We started with the chicken liver tartine and the blistered shishito peppers. The tartine was amazing and almost melted in my mouth. The blistered shishito peppers were also good, but they didn't stand out from all the other blistered shishito peppers around town. For entrees, I had the roasted seabream with wilted spinach, mussels, and saffron veloute which I couldn't get enough of. The seabream was cooked perfectly and the veloute was really flavorful. I nearly licked the bowl clean. My boyfriend had the pork chop which he thought was very good. The one bite I had was great but I still preferred my entree. I also liked the chard and spaetzle carbonara that accompanied the pork. Reminded me of Cedric's days at Central.


Hope you have as good a meal as we did, jsfairfax!

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 09:00 PM

Went here for Thanksgiving this year. My wife and I are almost always on our own for Thanksgiving these days, so while we had a great experience at Equinox last year, we decided to try Mintwood (mainly because it has been too long since we've been).




It was good all around but the chicken main and the pork chop main were really, really good. I have no idea why we have let too much time slip by between our trips here (well, it was easy parking that day, but not usually so there you go). Need to keep it in the regular rotation for sure!

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 09:11 AM

Three of us had a nice meal at Mintwood last week.  


Starters were the deviled pickled eggs and the iceberg salad with blue cheese.  I thought the egg whites were overcooked and a bit rubbery, but my companions thought they were fine.  (In full disclosure, I always think that the egg whites are overcooked.  Gypsy Soul and Founding Farmers being the only exceptions to that rule.)


For mains we ordered the 5 grain risotto, oven roasted chicken and pork chop.  All were well received, but I think the chicken was the best entree.  It was so incredibly moist.  The prize for best side is a toss up between the spaetzle that accompanied the pork chop (otherworldly) or the lentils, which were earthy and very satisfying.  I could have just eaten the lentils for dinner and been quite happy.


The only truly off note was the service.  It started out enthusiastic, but once our order was placed we couldn't get our waiter's attention the rest of the evening.  We had to rely on the attention of other table's servers to get glasses refilled or our leftovers packed up.  

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 07:30 PM

Any recommendations for what to order from the brunch menu?

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 01:48 PM

Bacon and onion flammakueche is really good. Basically a savoury tart. 


Everything is basically good...it's brunch, so nothing super inventive, but very solid renditions of the brunch classics. You really can't go wrong.

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