Thursday, July 02, 2015

praise for The PALM (in DC-7-1-15)

Last week I received a mailer for THE PALM restaurant's summer promo entitled Summer Lobster which runs thru August 31. It's an awesome deal for a single person at $59 which has a lobster-topped 9 ounce filet mignon, but the $99 dinner for two is a STEAL.
On arrival when I valet parked (complimentary--who does that in DC still?), they didn't even give me a ticket so these guys can remember a face and car it seems.
I was joined by a friend and we ordered a bottle of tasty Chardonnay from Castello Banfi in Italy 2011 "Fontanello" which is not too oaky as so many of the Cailfornia ones can be and didn't break the bank either.
For $99 you get a choice of starter, the lobster and two sides. Here's how it goes.
Our server Jimmy explained we can start with the featured starter of
Watermelon & Mozzarella Di Bufala Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and basil Oil. There were two large thick watermelon slices that were oh so sweet and juicy sandwiching the chunk of mozzarella all surrounded by tasty leafy greens. Sea salt was sprinkled on to bring out the sweetness of the watermelon. My friend chose the Caesar Salad (which is offered with or without anchovies), or you can have a green salad or even Lobster Bisque.
The black bread is quite tasty and the butter, too, but I tried to refrain knowing that a 4-lb. Nova Scotia lobster (to be split for 2) was on the way. I casually asked Jimmy the regular price of this jumbo guy and he said $104 just for the 4-pounder, which means we got a deal at $99 plus all the starters and sides!
Our sides were yummy Three Cheese Au Gratin Potatoes with that crispy almost blackened top I love and a tasty dish of Green Beans with Pepper flakes, Pancetta and Pine Nuts.
The lobster appeared and the staff removed all the meat from the claws to perfection, left the huge joints but cracked them so there was no work and all we had to do was lift the tail and chew on the juicy thick legs which were filled with more meat. Bibs were on and we were off, it was one of the best lobsters I have ever had on earth! - AND SO LITTLE work. I felt pampered.
We split a nice Key Lime pie with Blueberry Compote for dessert which I could have lived without, but it was tasty.
Don't miss this awesome deal all summer at the PALMS!