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15 hours ago, Marty L. said:

Is there really that much disposable income floating around in this town?  I'm increasingly shocked that D.C. can support as many expensive places as it does today.  Or is the bubble going to burst dramatically in the next year or two?

That is seriously a lot of money.

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The bubble has already started to leak. Rents are going up, which in turn makes margins razor thin. Add to that the population at least within the city lines has started to decrease.

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45 minutes ago, Josh Radigan said:

Add to that the population at least within the city lines has started to decrease.

The rate of DC's population growth has slightly decreased but the city had a net gain of over 10,000 residents last year.

 

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On December 2, 2017 at 10:39 AM, Marty L. said:

Is there really that much disposable income floating around in this town?  I'm increasingly shocked that D.C. can support as many expensive places as it does today.  Or is the bubble going to burst dramatically in the next year or two?

I'd be in full agreement if we were talking about just this town, but a Michelin 2 star is bringing people in from elsewhere, as well as people who spend part of their time here but are based in NYC or SF, et al., and have business reasons for being in town some of the time.  Cutting down on the size of the space will factor into this equation too.

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There are over 100,000 hotel rooms in DC region, most close in with very high occupancy rates and averaging well over $200/room/night on average in the city.  There is also somewhere in the range of $4 billion spent on lobbying in DC and at the high end of the large international community (embassies et al) there is a lot of $$ spent.  

As Pat said above there are many visitors  who bolster the local community when it comes to dining at a name restaurant.  

I visit(ed) name restaurants in other cities and I keep reading about members here doing so in distant cities.  So too with visitors here.

Of course hit us with one recession and all bets are off

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That's odd- I just saw an article in the WBJ which stated that the D.C. Population has been shrinking for about 6 months due to people leaving to go back to their hometowns now that the recession has subsided to many. That being said D.C. Can support good restaurants but the ones in the middle will struggle simply because there are so many of them.

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Wonderful dinner Tuesday night. Exquisite composition and presentation.delightful 

did not go for the truffle extra at additional $300..a bit over the top for us

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On 12/2/2017 at 10:39 AM, Marty L. said:

Is there really that much disposable income floating around in this town? 

Yes.

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I'm increasingly shocked that D.C. can support as many expensive places as it does today.  Or is the bubble going to burst dramatically in the next year or two?

It will/has for a lot of places in less fashionable areas, particularly the suburbs. Hot, well reviewed and nationally known places like P&P are largely safe from any burst. 

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On 12/3/2017 at 1:51 AM, Mark Slater said:

That is seriously a lot of money.

That it is. It is  still on my bucket list to be able to dine at Pineapple & Pearls, but more so to share the meal with someone that would appreciate as much I would. That is challenging.

Living in York, Pa, I have met Matthew Russell, proprietor & human extraordinaire of the Horse Inn. He worked with Aaron, and speaks highly of him. Chef to chef, that is a compliment.  The District can support this  high level of dining, and withstand any said bubble. I mean Citronelle sustained it for 18 delicious years. So kudos to the team at P &P , and may you prosper well into the new year, beyond. 

Pine for P &P,

kat

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@MichaelBDC received a very generous gift card to Pineapple and Pearls for Christmas and we wanted to use it before prices went up. We were able to snag a reservation for the bar on the one Saturday in February they were open. In an attempt to contain costs (the gc did not cover the full amount), I did the wine pairing while Michael sipped on a glass of wine. The meal was nearly perfect and lived up to the hype (and price tag).

A few pictures of the menu and most aesthetically pleasing, but not necessarily the best, dishes are below:

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The very good and creative chip & dip was a fun and flavor-filled way to start the evening. The abalone panda cotta with royal ossetia caviar was my absolute favorite dish of the evening. 

Beggar's Purse with Egg Yolk and Gold Leaf

Beggar's Purse with Egg Yolk & Gold Leaf. Pasta was made with beets and the liquid underneath was parmesan broth. This was @MichaelBDC's favorite course.

Tete du Moine, Hazelnut & Honey

Cheese course. You could hardly tell. Incredibly rich. 

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We had originally wanted to go for my birthday but Pineapple and Pearls wasn't open that evening so I made the reservation for a week later. We went out on my actual birthday anyway so this was a second celebration of sorts. We were so stuffed at this point, we ended up taking half the cake and the chocolates home with us. 

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I am sure this place is great. But I have no immediate desire to try it. Other itches to scratch.

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i loved the tete de moine when we had it about six weeks ago; the honey was truffled, which added a lovely earthy element, and the hazelnut puree underneath was nicely salty.  (p&p has always done well with plated cheese courses.)  it was one of the best dishes of the night, along with the beet beggar's purse, the abalone, and the fennel sorbet.  

i've always enjoyed p&p, but the last few meals haven't left us quite as impressed as the first few, for no reason that i can clearly articulate.  but looking at my list of favorites from our january meal, maybe the answer is that the dishes are very delicious but lack the wow factor that i want to call something a truly amazing dish?  cheese, truffled honey, and salty nut flavors are a great combination, but also not unusual.  same with the pasta: beets, caramelized onions, egg yolk, and cheese make for unctuous delight, but not wonder.

in contrast, a recent celebratory dinner at komi was the best meal i've had there in recent memory, and affirmed komi's place as my favorite fine dining restaurant in dc.  

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Pineapple and Pearls was very new when we moved away from DC in early 2016. Despite the accolades to motivate us and regular trips back to the area for both work and pleasure since then, we had our first meal there over the weekend. For obvious reasons when we are back in town we usually hit up our nostalgic favorites but we were able to get relatively last minute 9:30 pm seats at the bar. We found the most memorable aspect of the meal to be how unsatisfying it was. I don't think it lived up to the hype. It would be entirely fair to @ me because we were seated at the bar and that isn't the same thing. But I am someone who believes the bar experience and quality should be as good than the dining even with a slightly different or truncated menu. A bar menu should make you want to go back for the full dining room experience. This is especially true of you are still paying high end tasting menu prices.  I left the dinner thinking the food was a lot of overwrought gimmick not backed up with flavor. To be clear nothing was bad or offensive. The technical execution was there. I just didn't love the meal.

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22 minutes ago, lekkerwijn said:

Pineapple and Pearls was very new when we moved away from DC in early 2016. Despite the accolades to motivate us and regular trips back to the area for both work and pleasure since then, we had our first meal there over the weekend. For obvious reasons when we are back in town we usually hit up our nostalgic favorites but we were able to get relatively last minute 9:30 pm seats at the bar. We found the most memorable aspect of the meal to be how unsatisfying it was. I don't think it lived up to the hype. It would be entirely fair to @ me because we were seated at the bar and that isn't the same thing. But I am someone who believes the bar experience and quality should be as good than the dining even with a slightly different or truncated menu. A bar menu should make you want to go back for the full dining room experience. This is especially true of you are still paying high end tasting menu prices.  I left the dinner thinking the food was a lot of overwrought gimmick not backed up with flavor. To be clear nothing was bad or offensive. The technical execution was there. I just didn't love the meal.

I haven't been here in over 18 months - this is a case when my "liking" a post doesn't mean that I "LIKE" the post; but I appreciate the thought that went into it, and also who's writing it (lekkerwijn knows a lot about these things).

As far as I know, the meal at the bar is the exact same as the one in the dining room.

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2 hours ago, DonRocks said:

As far as I know, the meal at the bar is the exact same as the one in the dining room.

I disagree.  On July 7, 2018, I had an extraordinary dinner, one of the best in 2018 at the Chef's counter of P&P.  As always, P&P exceeded all expectations.  In my opinion, P&P remains the BEST restaurant in DC.

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2 minutes ago, dslee said:

I disagree. 

Disagree with what? I'm pretty sure the meal I had at the bar was the exact same thing they served in the dining room.

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12 minutes ago, DonRocks said:

Disagree with what? I'm pretty sure the meal I had at the bar was the exact same thing they served in the dining room.

Summer Bar menu is 5 courses for $150 only at the bar.  Most of the same dishes as the full dining room menu, but not the exact menu. 

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2 minutes ago, dslee said:

Summer Bar menu is 5 courses for $150 only at the bar.  Most of the same dishes as the full dining room menu, but not the exact menu. 

Ah, well there it is.

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55 minutes ago, DonRocks said:

Disagree with what? I'm pretty sure the meal I had at the bar was the exact same thing they served in the dining room.

It was. They seem to have made a change. The old bar menu (not special, summer, etc.) was $150, but the price has gone up (I believe) twice since then. So they must have added back a $150 menu with fewer courses.

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