|Me Jana's patio was perfect for a September evening|
|It was the lamb chops that drew us back. We weren't disappointed.|
Accolades are framed and fill the walls (including Zagat). I am surprised to read on-line reviews noting Me Jana's high prices: obviously the reviewers haven't dined in Seattle. From our Pacific Northwest point of view our feast was a steal! The lamb chops are not to be missed.
Getting there: Hop the Metro orange line and get off at Courthouse station, Me Jana is an easy quick couple blocks away.
We forced ourselves away from Me Jana one evening to return to another favorite; this one in downtown Washington, DC. The Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Ave. N.W., isn't very far from the Oval Office. And the restaurant's website lists the famous politicians and media who've dined there. We saw no one of name familiarity; but that could have been because we were so focused on the many flavors and designs of the modern American cuisine created by Chef Tony Conte, that we didn't notice the other diners.
We, who live in Pacific Northwest coastal cities, admit to being 'fish snobs' and ask questions like, "Is this wild or farm raised?" We like 'em wild out in these parts. So when our delightful, young waitress answered our question about the salmon, saying it was farm raised near Maine and saw our response she quickly added, "it is a boutique farm!" Our burst of laughter had her trying harder to explain that the chef would only use boutique salmon which only made it more humorous.
A boutique farm raised salmon might be worth a try but none of us could bring ourselves to do it.
However, Chef Conte's roasted beet salad will call me back again when in DC; hopefully I'll be lucky enough to be served by the same waitress.