Washington, DC | Brunch: Le Diplomate

Friday, December 6, 2013

Ohhhhh my goodness Le Diplomate, you are killin' me. This was quite possibly the best brunch I've had to date in D.C., and it was on Thanksgiving day to boot. Huzzah! (Mannhi, I'm literally becoming you. I say that word so much now.)

Alrighty first things first - if you're making a reservation for this place, I would recommend using OpenTable instead of calling in. The hostess told me over the phone that there were no tables open for 6 people until 1:30 pm for the next day, but then I checked OpenTable, and viola! Brunch for 6 at 10:30 am, done.

So this brunch also happened to be their special Thanksgiving day brunch - and my oh my, I will venture to say that this was the best brunch I've had in DC thus far. And also not the brightest idea considering I was going to stuff myself again at dinner, but hey calories don't count over the holidays right?

The bread? The perfect texture and flavor (3 types: white, wheat, and a wheaty cranberry).
The butter? The perfect tinge of sweetness.
The Eggs Norwegian? The perfectly tender salmon and toasted potatoes on the side.
The Dark Chocolate Napoleon? Okay, a little too dense for me. But the chocolate ice cream was so pure in flavor (and thus a little bitter) and the crumble on the bottom was the perfect texture...so it'll pass.
The Vanilla Bean Crème brûlée? The perfect custard consistency and crispy caramelized sugar glaze.
My stomach? The perfect way-too-full-but-so-worth-it feeling.

There was also an international student in our party (he ordered the steak and eggs) who didn't like the sauce that came on top of his eggs, so the waiter promptly took up his plate and had his whole dish remade to how he wanted it. (Honestly, I barely even noticed since I was too engrossed in consuming my own entrée.)

All in all, service is impeccable, ambiance is effortlessly classy, and the food is aesthetically and palatably pleasing. (And the holiday decor adds a perfect touch of festiveness.) I will be back, Le Diplomate.
Le Diplomate
French brasserie, $$-$$$
1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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