For restaurant week, I went to Woodward Table for brunch. The restaurant had a pretty good deal, an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $20! The reservation I had was around lunch time, but because I went on the weekend, we got a brunch menu. I wanted real food rather than eggs, so the meal wasn’t perfect, but I tried a range of dishes.
My meal began with the Hearth Roasted Pear Salad. It consisted of arugula topped with country ham, gorgonzola, candied walnuts, and roasted pears dressed in a vinaigrette. The country ham was basically prosciutto. The arugula was quite strong. I enjoyed the bites of pear throughout the salad.
I don’t have a picture to illustrate it, but I also tried the Tuna Poke. I tend to stay away from seafood, but this was pretty incredible and didn’t taste fishy at all. The dish was made up of diced raw ahi tuna, avocado, cilantro, cucumber, mango, scallions, and red chili. It had kicks of spice and was really tasty.
For my entree, I got what was called a Kentucky Hot Brown on the menu in the restaurant. The online menu, however, calls my dish Croque Madame, which I like better because I had no idea what Kentucky Hot Brown was. It was an open faced sandwich built on a piece of thick French toast and topped with turkey, gruyere, mornay sauce, tomato and bacon. The meal was really nothing special. The French toast was sweet, which I understand would be appealing for breakfast, but I just wanted lunch!
For dessert, I got the Bread Pudding, which was a scaled down version of their regular menu Warm Bourbon-Brown Sugar Bread Pudding. The rendition I got was like a pie than bread pudding. It didn’t meet my expectations. This bread pudding was neither warm, nor topped with ice cream, but with cinnamon butter. The regular menu version comes with butter pecan ice cream. This goes to show how restaurants put some of their options on a diet to fit the Restaurant Week price tag.
The restaurant was decorated with these orange pipes that gave the modern restaurant a touch of hipster. Overall, I liked Woodward Table’s Restaurant Week menu because I got to try more courses than I would usually order. My entree wasn’t great, but I would give the restaurant another try.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
1426 H Street NW (Downtown)
Washington DC 20005