Last Sunday afternoon Dave and I went to lunch at Blacksalt for Restaurant Week. With three course $20 lunches and $35 dinners, I love me some Restaurant Week. I always try and make reservations at the luxe establishments I am less likely to try on a whim. FYI, I have been trying to get a Restaurant Week reservation at Rasika for the last three or four Restaurant Weeks. That place is Fort Knox.
Blacksalt is a seafood market and restaurant in the Palisades neighborhood of D.C. The food was really terrific. I made a point to be picky so I could provide a helpful review but all the dishes were on point. I will be going back at some point in the future.
Lunch began with fresh fruit salad with mint. Admittedly, I am not big on fruit salad. I have some weird fruit phobias. However, it the spirit of being open, I had some. The fruit was very fresh, always a treat in February.
For the first course, I selected the Rhode Island Calamari with Chipotle Remoulade and Dave chose the House Cured Organic Salmon Gravlax. Both were great. Dave and I ended up switching appetizers after a few bites. He loves calamari and I can’t get enough smoked salmon in my life.
I selected the grilled Mahi Mahi with Roasted Root Vegetables and Kale for my entree The fish was light and had a wonderful smoky flavor. The root vegetables were perfection. They were cooked with a touch of bacon but weren't too fatty. I had a half glass of white wine with my entree The waiter provided a recommended but the variety is escaping me at the moment.
Dave got Addie’s Mussels, Shallot, Garlic, Tomato, and Lemon. I only tried one, but it was good, very fresh.
Dessert didn’t disappoint. I ordered the house made ice cream, pistachio and chocolate. It was served with fresh berries and a crispy wafer. Dave ordered the Chambord Chocolate Torte. It was served with a raspberry sauce and whipped cream.
Both desserts were fantastic. The wafer that came with my ice cream was much better than I would have guessed. It was crispy and had a wonderful caramel flavor. It was closer to a piece of brittle than a cookie. The chocolate torte was the perfect dessert to cure a serious chocolate craving.
If you like seafood and want to celebrate a special event or enjoy a nice meal out, check out Blacksalt. The food gets an A and the service gets a B+.