Kafe Leopolds

Written by on August 3, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(kafeleopolds.com) – Georgetown neighborhood, Washington, DC

How I heard of this place: While I do believe my sister, Mojgan, first introduced me to Kafe Leopold, it was Eamon who couldn’t stop raving about the place. In celebration of his birthday, we had to make a pit stop.

Type of cuisine: “Keeping true to the European dining style, everything at Leopold’s Kafe is served a la carte.” As noted in The Economist, “georgeous tortes and a surprisingly extensive menu.” Kafe Leopold serves everything from brunch to European inpsired lunch and dinner, including pizza, schnitzel, and salads, but the pastries and desserts (I think) are what keep people coming back. “many dishes evince a fine-dining rigor…Vegetables are seldom as impressive as Leopold’s.” – Washington City Paper

Kafe Leopold

Ambiance: “The perfect cafe oasis from the madness of a Georgetown shopping experience.” – Editor & Publisher. We made our way through the open space between shops along M Street, down a set of stairs and into a beautiful courtyard. Even in the night air, the courtyard sparkled, with trees, a fountain and lights throughout. A bustling set of tables and chairs, outside, gave patrons a relaxing summer venue at which to partake of the soft, subtle, European delicacies offered at Leopold’s. We made our way through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, into a space that emanated IKEA: white, plastic seating, both chairs and tables, with bursts of color (a round, spiraling, orange sofa, and glossy paintings on the walls), a ceiling of bamboo layered in waves and dim lighting. The bar, immediately behind the pastry case, glowed with Mediterranean blue, stained glass walls, perfectly lined with shelves of bottles and beverage supplies. The focus of the space being the expansive, well-lit pastry display case, offering a colorful array of tortes, tarts, petit fours, macaroons and eclairs, to name a few. “…a worthwhile change of pace from the Georgetown classics.” – The Georgetown Independent.

What I ordered: Having heard numerous raves about the macaroons, Eamon seleted the Macaron Plate ($5.50), of the pastry chef’s selection of five handmade macarons, including Green Apple Coriander, Banana Rum, Lemon Basil, Blueberry Olive Oil, and Pistachio.

Macaroons

Chris chose to indulge in the Kakao ($3.50), a mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream, while Eamon sipped on teespeczialitaeten ($2.75), a jasmine tea.

Hot Chocolate

What I loved: While I’m sad to say that none of the macarons were my cup of tea, the hot chocolate was perfectly bitter with a hint of sweet, and, if I were to recommend a flavor of macaron to anyone, it would be the very creative, surprising Lemon Basil. It was like lemon-hinted pesto. Yum.

Why I loved it: The ambiance, by far, is the reason I loved Leopold’s.

Cost: Average to high ($7.75 – $25 for savories, salads, breakfast and entrees)

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