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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Medium Rare

Plaudits: None
Neighborhood: Cleveland Park

The Setup


I had long promised a steak dinner to Official Friend of DCWD Rajistan upon his graduation from medical school; and I'd long promised Official Friend of DCWD Swizzle that we'd one day follow our BLT Steak outing with a visit to the steakhouse in her neighborhood, Medium Rare. So we combined the two, added Official Friend of DCWD EZ, and headed off to Cleveland Park.

The Vibe


Medium Rare is a steak frites restaurant from the same people who brought you BGR. The inside draws from an upscale brasserie theme: exposed brick, low ceilings, wooden floors, with granite-topped metal tables filling the sizable space. The lighting shifts with the time; during the daytime, light streams in the large windows, but at night it gets real dim. It's clean and simple, with a little elegant flair in between.

The Food

There is only one option for dinner at Medium Rare: a prix fixe for $20, which varies only in how you'd like your meat cooked. Your orders are marked by china pencil on the butcher paper that covers the table. First up is bread and a mixed green salad with a light vinaigrette. For a plate that's essentially lettuce and tomatoes, this is actually a pretty solid house salad, with buttery greens and a blessedly light hand on the dressing.

The main course is a culotte steak with fries, brought in two portions to keep everything warm. For a one dish restaurant, that one dish better be good. Luckily for Medium Rare, the steaks they serve are in a word, delicious. Juicy slices of steak sing, especially when covered with the restaurant's secret sauce, a wonderful savory combo of mustard and cream notes.

There are a number of desserts to be had, and in this case we all split the carrot cake. Which was necessary because the portion is monstrous. Like the meal before it, a solid bite.

The Verdict


Perhaps not something you would do everyday, but an enjoyable stop for great steak at a great price.

Food Rating: ****
(out of 5)
Date Rating: 3 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code:
Casual
Bar Rating:
Quiet Drinks
Vibe:
Chatty to Energetic
Cost:
$$
(out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)
Pairing
: With the weather taking a temporary respite from being crazy hot, head down to the National Zoo. Brew in the Zoo is on July 12th for those of you who love beer.

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