Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Groupon in hand, Official Friend of DCWD Hanson joined me for a dinner at Dupont wine bar Veritas.
The wine bar is dark, the product of a generally dark color scheme and very little lighting. The room is brick and black, with the occasional red and white accents. The whole space is essentially just a bar with some bar seating; I know this sounds like it might be obvious, but some wine bars are more restaurant than others. Consequently, aside from the eight or so bar stools, all the seating is four tops, both in high chair and regular form. Simple mostly straight lines in the furniture, though there's a interesting quirk with acoustic foam underneath the table. Then again, with everyone so close to one another, the noise level is fairly high, so maybe it serves an actual purpose.
Hanson was the better wine expert, so she picked our bottle: a Spellbound petite syrah from 2008, which was a solid choice (as she put it, she wanted something a little bit stronger than my typical pinot noir). To pair, we ordered from Veritas' fairly limited menu: a charcuterie board of duck rillette and pheasant with figs and pistachio, and a cheese plate of idiazabal sheep, a Brillat-Savarin milk, and a smokey Oregon blue.
The meal was fine, but nothing substantial. The pheasant was actually the surprise, more of a pate than anything, and the figs and pistachio gave it an interesting flavor. Of the cheese, it was the Brillat-Savarin (named for the eponymous epicurean) that stood out the best. Still, it's hard to both judge or really get on a wine bar for their menu, especially one whose menu is as limited as Veritas'. Sure we could've gotten one of their sandwiches, but that just wouldn't have seemed right.
Decent place, some good things happening, but a couple other wine bars in this city I would head to instead.
Food Rating: ** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 3 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: Classy Crowd
Vibe: Energetic to Noisy
Cost: $$ (out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)
Pairing: Cruise up into the Hillyer Art Space, a hidden but well-curated art space found in a back alley next to the Phillips Gallery on 21st St.