Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lunch Liaisons: The Source

(Lunch liaisons is a regular segment wherein C and I meet for weekday lunch dates. The associated posts are not nearly as taboo as they may sound, but instead are reviews consistent with the quick and painless lunch hour theme). 

Back when it opened in 2008, The Source garnered all sorts of kudos. At the time, we stopped in for a drink and apps in the lounge as part of a foodie adventure (the 2008 Birthday Meat Race - I believe a description made be warranted in a food as memories part two post). We were not that impressed, but two years later, thought we should give it another shot in most recent lunch liaison. This experience, I would love to say, was altogether more impressive, but it was not. The dumplings and shumei were underwhelming. The Kobe burger did not stand out. The salmon ponzu salad was refreshing, but again, nothing to write home about. Service was scattered, but friendly (the guy knew things weren't going well, and gave us a trio of sorbets - dark chocolate, orangesicle, and blackberry - the best thing I tried). I was even less impressed when I realized (recent Rammy award-winning) executive chef Scott Drewno was in house at the time. No affirmative complaints, but certainly no affirmations either. Shrug.

If I'm looking for Wolfgang Puck offerings, I'll just pick up a (much-cheaper) Chinois Salad at my next airport outing. Too bad the WP Express in Pentagon Row closed several years ago.

6 comments:

iEatDC said...

Thanks for making me feel really NOT BAD for a) not going to The Source and b) not wanting to go to The Source. I'd sooner head back to the lounge at Bourbon Steak or some other places on my To Eat list.

W. Mark Felt, Sr. said...

Yes, much better offerings out there. Several peeps have shared their positive Bourbon Steak lounge experiences. While I did not enjoy the restaurant, perhaps I should give the bar a shot.

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Washington Woman said...

Did you have the tuna tartar (or whatever the rare tuna app is called?) I thought that was the best thing I had when I went to Source. I can't remember what else I had, which I guess says something about the experience.

Angela said...

Oh, no! The Source is (was?) one of the final contenders for the "where should we spend our $100 Open Table check" competition. I'm thinking we're going to have to reconsider.

W. Mark Felt, Sr. said...

I did try the tuna tartare at Taste of the Nation (at least, I think it was there) and it was tasty. Not enough to make up for the rest of the lackluster menu though. Is Equinox on Opentable since it reopened? That would be a fabulous place to use your $100. If not, maybe dcwrappeddates can help you with a reservation.