AGAINN

Written by on June 9, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(againndc.com) – Northwest, Washington, DC

How I heard of this place: Initially, I had heard of AGAINN through various positive gastronimical reviews. Later, it was on DC’s list of restaurants in their equivalent of Seattle’s Dine Around. Not long after, I found a LivingSocial deal, and it was on!

Type of cuisine: AGAINN is a contemporary gastropub. We are a place to gather and enjoy traditional pub fare with a modern twist.  We pride ourselves in using sustainable seafood, organic meats, and sourcing from select local farms. We offer extensive single-malt Scotch, whisky, and beer selections, as well as fine wines, hand-crafted cocktails, and personal scotch lockers. AGAINN is Gaelic that loosely translates as: “with us” or “at us?”‘Til we meet, AGAINN. Drink Slowly. Eat well. Speak kindly.”

AGAINN

Ambiance: 11th Street is in view of every seat set in the black-umbrella-ed outdoor patio as well as those inside the floor-to-high-ceiling tinted windows. While we chose to sit outside and partake of the cooling summer evening air, inside the large glass doors we were greeted by three hosts at a large podium. The small lobby area, with intricately tiled floors in black, with mustard-yellow flowers complement the side wall of black, wrought-iron (it seems) dog head sculptures poking out of black shadow-box-type frames. The interior sleek, spacious and open, leads from restaurant seating with neighboring patrons, to a more intimate, dark seating area at back, as well as private conference table seating for a slightly larger party. Lighting is dim, people speak in soft voices and one really only hears the soft use of eating utensils as diners ooh and aww over their meals.

Bread & Butter

What I ordered: We were pretty hungry, after our 4-miles of walking, cheering and sunbathing at the Gay Pride Parade and needed a full meal. To start, we enjoyed the highly recommended Baked Camembert Cheese ($17) studded with garlic and rosemary, and served alongside tomato chutney and garlic croutes.

Cheese

While greatly intrigued by the Feta-Watermelon salad, we opted for greens, and went with the Prosciutto Salad ($18), with plum tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, caramelized red onions and mixed greens tossed in an aged balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Proscuitto Salad

For our main entrees, Chris opted for the Bangers & Mash ($18): house-made bangers (sausages) and creamy mash swimming in an onion gravy.

Bangers & Mash

He preferred my Fish & Chips ($18) with beer-battered cod, a side of mushy peas, homemade tartar sauce, ketchup and half a lemon served on a wooden cutting board block.

Fish 'n Chips

As a sweet treat to finish off our meal, we selected the Banoffee Pie ($9), reminiscent of my first sampling in London’s Soho: a graham cracker crust, sliced bananas, caramelized condensed milk, topped with freshly whipped cream.

Banoffee Pie

This was a little different, having been served in a cold, glass jar and served atop a smaller wooden cutting board.

Banoffee Pie

What I loved: My favorite item in our dinner extravaganza was the salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella. The close second being our appetizer: baked camembert. Following that, the onion gravy, tartar sauce, my crispy fish, the fries and bangers & mash.

Why I loved it: Cool interior (though we enjoyed the cool breeze in the umbrella-shaded outdoor patio heat), friendly, knowledgable staff, and our $50 LivingSocial savings!

Cost: High ($17-$36 per entree)

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