Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

April 28, 2012 8:53 AM

Restaurant: Mintwood Place

Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
(Not available through Open Table)
Amy and Peter took Debbie and me to Mintwood. We will go again.

As you enter the restaurant there are two primary sections. To the left is the bar area, which has a long traditional bar and a series of tall bar tables. To the right, separated from the bar area by a partial wall, is the dining room. Overall, the restaurant seats roughly 130 people. The dining area is a combination of various sized tables and banquette seating on the far wall.

The kitchen is straight ahead as you enter and is open, in case you want to spend a bit of time watching food preparation.

The serving personnel were particularly well informed about the various dishes being offered on the then-current menu.

If there is any downside to this restaurant it is that it is quite loud. There is a bit of a din. The French bread that was offered up was particularly good.

I was also taken by the speed in which the plates were removed after a particular dish was completed.

Amy started with Clams, ramp and spinach soup, followed by a main course of Skate wing, Provencal, socca and caponata.

Debbie began with Burrata, asparagus and Spring garlic, and chose as her main course Wood-grilled soft shell crab, spring Vidalia, quinoa, which is available either an appetizer or a main course. Peter started with Crab imperial flammekueche, and then for his entrée the Whole boneless dorade, braised fennel, olive picholine olives.

I opened with an Iceberg salad with blue cheese dressing, and then had an excellent Cast-iron chicken.

For dessert, we all shared Rhubarb & strawberry crumble a la mode.

The men’s room has fun, rather old-style, fixtures. The urinal is a white ceramic floor to mid-height model, separated from the rest of the room by a partial wall that goes to shoulder height. The washbasin is a white ceramic trough that is attached to the wall at waist height, and has two silver faucets with a round-necked water tube from which water comes forth. The commode is also white ceramic of similar style to the urinal and washbasin located in the corner. The wastebasket is a wooden cask next to the washbasin, under a corner- connected shelf on two legs.

The walls are white ceramic tiles up to about shoulder height, and the rest of the walls and ceiling are painted in a light, dull yellow-like color. The floor is white ceramic interlaced strips with tiny black intersections.

The opaque glass-centered door is edged with dark wood, as is the door frame.

Valet parking is available at the corner just before the restaurant, when you turn on to Columbia Road.

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