Frederik de Pue’s simple yet elegant Table was so enjoyable for dinner that I couldn’t wait to check out the newly debuted multi-course brunch and patio seating area. A friend was in town a couple of weeks ago, giving me the perfect excuse to indulge.
We munched on a cute Nutella-filled brioche and mini croissant baked with honey while perusing handwritten menus. Warning: the pastries are almost Too Small to Share. Luckily I was the only Nutellahead in the group so we didn’t come to blows.
What I love about Table is that seemingly mundane items are so perfectly executed. Case in point: the only vegetarian first course is a yogurt parfait. Yawn, right? But it turned out to be the BEST THING ON THE MENU.
The homemade yogurt is creamy and tangy and flecked with vanilla bean. It’s topped with nutty homemade granola and served with fresh mango. It is heaven.
Also outstanding (and not just because of the adorable ‘cocotte’) is the baked egg en cocotte. Break through the surface to bathe the egg, tarragon and wild mushroom mixture in a mustard sherry sauce.
Moist, dense french toast was almost the texture of bread pudding, with bananas baked right in and a dollop of not-too-sweet whipped peanut butter on top.
The buckwheat crepe, stuffed with pears and goat cheese and topped with grapefruit, walnuts and honey, was actually the least exciting of our dishes. Although the salty/sweet pairing of cheese with fruit was pleasant, there wasn’t enough sauce to perk up the flavors and bring it all together.
With multiple courses and relaxed atmosphere, Table is the perfect place for a leisurely, indulgent, but not overly heavy weekend brunch. Throw in a bottle of bubbly under $40 and be prepared to while away your afternoon in a most civilized fashion.
903 N St NW