Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

June 26, 2009 11:53 AM

Restaurant: Persimmon


7003 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20815
This Sunday night dinner included Rita and Bob, Rhoda and Dan, Ron and me.

The restaurant seats about 60 people, with a few additional tables on the sidewalk outside the restaurant. Toward the back of the restaurant there is a small bar with 8 high chair/stools. No one was at the bar on the night we were there.

As I looked at my notes after the dinner, I had written "freshness." There is a freshness and lightness about the place and the food.

Rita started with a Salad of Lemon Marinated French Beans, Prosciutto and Shaved Parmesan with Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette. The rest of us were quite boring -- we all ordered gazpacho, which was the special that night and not on the printed menu.

There was a little more adventure in the entree orders. Rita and Rhoda ordered Pan Seared Barramundi with Lemon Gnocchi, Spinach, Exotic Mushrooms, Roasted Tomatoes and Eggplant Couli.

Ron opted for Sauteed Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Roasted Corn Hash and Sweet Corn Sauce. The dish was designed to include Bacon Mashed Potatoes, but Ron chose an additional vegetable in its place.

Dan ordered a Halibut special, and true to form Bob ordered the Oven Roasted Organic Chicken with Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Garden Vegetable Ragout. Sticking with a fowl theme, I ordered Roasted Magret of Duck served Medium Rare with Sweet Potato and duck Confit Hash, Celery Root Galette and Foie Gras Reducation.

We passed on offered desserts, but did enjoy a plate of cookies.

The service was swift and excellent. While the restaurant was not full when we were there, reservations are suggested.

The men's room is of a size that no more than two people could use it at once. It is likely to be the case that more often than not a single occupant will lock the outer door.

It is well appointed and clean.

All of the walls are a dark pinkish orange and the floor is covered by very large dark brown- hued with lighter accent tiles.

As you enter, there is a white ceramic wash basin topped by a mirror. There is a partial wall between the wash basin and the urinal. On this particular date there was a white paper sign over the urinal bowl not that it was not to be used.

The commode is in a separate room, with floor-to-ceiling walls, and a white full louvered door. In addition to the white ceramic commode, there is small dark wood cabinet to the right as you enter the room.

There is a municipal parking lot behind the restaurant.

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