I recently went to Jardenea restaurant in the Melrose Hotel. It is right where West End and Georgetown meet.
It is a nice restaurant, its a nice spot for a little happy hour, kind of a gateway location for you to decide your evening. It is a favorite spot of mine. It is a farm-to-fork restaurant. They really take pride in their menu.
Now there is a smaller selection of entrees and dishes to order from. And they have a great pre-theater options for you to pick three at a good price, so check out their menu for that.
Now I ordered the Smoked Maple Duck Plank. It is herbed focaccia, toasted pistachio, in a rhubarb puree. It was a great beginning to my meal.
Next in their garden-to-table selection they had the Cherry Glen Farm’s Goat Cheese Salad. They make it a little different, they make it a little fun. It is shaved beets, baby arugula, marcona almonds, there is an orange blossom honey vinaigrette. And it is quite unique, the shaved beets and the goat cheese make almost like a macaroon.
For my main, I went with the Filet: white truffled potatoes that were scalloped, haricot vert beans with a shallot demi-glace. Pretty hardy portion for dinner. There is also the juniper lamb rack. Another large portion. Celery root, foraged mushrooms, these cabernet shallots. It was a delicious, hardy dinner.
Now for dessert, I had the toasted s’mores chocolate bar with marshmallow on top of it, and graham cracker laid over it. But I usually stay with the creme brûlée.
Jardenea is great gateway for those headed into the city or if you are headed to Georgetown, it is right priced. I want people who are living in DC, to walk into our hotel lobbies and feel at home. And this is a restaurant that definitely will make you feel welcome. It is not just for hotel guests, it is for everybody that appreciates a good meal.