Fresh off finishing my first ever sprint-length triathlon, Official Friends of DCWD HR Intern and Yupster thought it would be best if I ate something that morning, so in light of our friends' concurrent girls' brunch, we all headed to Sequoia to, as How I Met Your Mother once put it, go out as three bros and rock brunch Sunday-morning style.
Located on the Georgetown waterfront, Sequoia is a gigantic space, something you wouldn't immediately believe when you enter the foyer. After a set of stairs, you find the main dining area which reminds you immediately of a a cruise ship dining room. Yacht-esque in its color palette of white, blue, and tan, the space has multiple columns and high ceilings and is encircled with full pane glass all around. With the corresponding honey-colored furniture and the sunlight streaming in off the string lights with blue flowers hanging above us, it definitely felt like we were on a boat.
Augmenting this space is a third level, comprised of a bar and some more tables, and a huge outdoor patio, which on any given night in the spring and summertime is a pretty robust bar scene, like its waterfront neighbors.
Looking for the most calories possible, I immediately zeroed in on the Chesapeake blue crabcake Benedict (though granted I would probably have ordered it regardless of my morning activity). If all of that seems like a mouthful, it's because it was. The dish, which Yupster also ordered, took a regular crabcake Benedict and added spinach, and a piquillo pepper hollandaise, and paired it with some similarly sauced hash. It was a lot to take in, and certainly there could have been a little more substance to the heat in the sauce. But overall, it was a really nice dish.
As he would joke about later, HR Intern once again was the "one of these things is not like the other" and ordered the blueberry-lemon pancakes, which came with meyer lemon cream, and fresh berries (and not pre-syruped either). The pancakes were also pretty standard, but done fairly well. Enjoyable and fluffy.
As I always like to say, it's usually a battle between expectations and impressions. As another place I had never given much thought, and had last been to for a meal with an ex's family for lunch two years ago, I wasn't on pins and needles for it or anything; I just wanted food. But it turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable brunch spot, and a place I know to be nice in good weather for drinks.
Food Rating: ** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 3 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: Quiet Drinks
Cost: $$ (out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)
Pairing: Perhaps one of the quirkiest embassies in DC, and standing alone on the Georgetown waterfront by Sequoia is the House of Sweden. With plenty of events and stunning architecture, it's a nice place to visit and walk through.