Last night I had a chance to dine again at my favorite restaurant in D.C., aka my go-to restaurant to celebrate any and all special occasions, KINSHIP. It just so happened we were celebrating a slew of happy occasions (new jobs, new loves, birthdays and general friendships), as well as having the tremendous opportunity to try some of the newest additions to Executive Chef Eric Ziebold and his partner Célia Ziebold's fabulous dinner menu.
PHOTO: Yukon Gold Potato Chips and Creme Fraiche with Sasanian Royal Osetra Caviar
I like to joke (even with Celia last night) that I take credit for all their fabulous AND WELL-DESERVED press, including recognition by my good friend Jessica Sidman's Washingtonian Magazine as having the best restaurant in ALL of D.C. (see here for the full list with KINSHIP/Metier as number one for 2018 https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/02/15/100-best-restaurants-2018/), but c'mon! We all know I don't do anything except talk up my favorite restaurant -- something I have been doing since the doors first opened three years ago.
PHOTO: Sasanian Royal Osetra Caviar
Eric and Celia have changed up the menu to reflect a seasonal curation, but a few things remain a staple including my favorite go-to starter the Sasanian Royal Osetra Caviar. The side of Yukon Gold Potato Chips (homemade, naturally) with the Creme Fraiche providing just enough hint of fresh, slightly sweet relief, made the whole evening start on a pulsatingly high note.
We ordered two of these, btw. $80 each.
PHOTO: Pineapple Express
The table gave me charge to order whatever I felt best, and with those free-minded instructions I proceeded to order my ideal dinner. Full menu here: http://kinshipdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/5.16.18-Dinner.pdf. In addition to the caviar, I requested a multi-mezze pacing and of course plenty of tasty cocktails like this Pineapple Express above. You know you have ordered right when, during the second round of drinks, everyone at the table gets your exact cocktail!
PHOTO: Marcho Farms Veal Sweetbreads
While most people don't order sweetbreads, I loved them and, again, the table found my "unusual selection" to be their favorite in the next round of dishes. Presented on a side of creamed grits, asparagus emincee and sauce piquante, the sweetbread was flavorful yet light -- a quite unusual combination. The other companions for this next, second round course were the Asian Pear Salad with Spicy Greens, Poached Cranberries, Darden Ham and Cider Vinaigrette, so flavorful and light I almost ordered a second one, and the Pan Roasted Rockfish with Sauteed Spinach, Gnocchi Alla Romana and Roasted Chicken Jus. PERFECTION. What more is there is to say?
PHOTO: Asian Pear Salad with Spicy Greens, Poached Cranberries, Darden Ham and Cider Vinaigrette
PHOTO: Pan Roasted Rockfish with Sauteed Spinach, Gnocchi Alla Romana and Roasted Chicken Jus
Third course was a very pleasant Maine Lobster French Toast with Marinated Rhubarb, Cucumber and Sesame Mousse. This one is a perennial favorite of every diner, including The Washington Post, so it has been a constant on the menu alongside the caviar. We also got the Poached Atlantic Halibut with Perles du Japon, Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms, Baby Milk Choy and Grilled Kohlrabi for a lighter and more uniquely texture touch.
PHOTO: Maine Lobster French Toast with Marinated Rhubarb, Cucumber and Sesame Mousse
PHOTO: Poached Atlantic Halibut with Perles du Japon, Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms, Baby Milk Choy and Grilled Kohlrabi
Of course, there is a section "For The Table" which you can find yourself a strong plate to share and I always get the Kinship Roast Chicken. Made alongside lemon-garlic panade, pommes rissolees and frisee salad, it's a great finisher course before the desserts. I've never been disappointed by this dish and we weren't last night. (Also, a bit of advice. You have to order this at the start of dinner because it does take a while to prepare and definitely get an extra order of those amazing Parker House Rolls!)
PHOTO: Kinship Roast Chicken
PHOTO: Parker House Rolls
Just to add some more vegetables to the mix, I also ordered the Grilled Asparagus and Panisse with Shaved Fennel, Cara Cara Orange and Old Bay Aioli. This was my least favorite dish of the night because I felt the textures were off, as well as the flavoring. I would have preferred a heartier more crunchy base.
PHOTO: Kinship After Eight
Since I love dessert, I ordered two, one of which is intentionally "for the table." The above is made with chocolate mousse, whipped milk chocolate ganache, peppermint patties and cardamon-mint ice cream. I loved it but the table really preferred the Warm Rhubard Crisp. I think the phenomenal Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream is what made this dessert more popular. I know ... because we actually had to order another scoop!
PHOTO: Warm Rhubard Crisp (my worst iPhone photo of the night!)
Yet again a tremendous success at KINSHIP! Thank you to the team for getting us in literally with ZERO notice!