Plume is where we decided to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary (that is until we can have a bigger celebration that we have not had time to plan).
It is an exquisite dining room with extraordinary food — voted one of the best restaurants in DC.
We voted to go on a midweek night so it wouldn’t be crowded. Well, it couldn’t have been crowded because little did we know how difficult it would be to get there. The entire street had been blocked off due to “government officials dining at the restaurant.” Code for POTUS and in this case, along with the entire democratic leadership, who decided to have a pow wow on our big night. At least after we finally got around the block (30+ min in rush hour traffic), and our car was overheating, and we finally found a place to park, the secret service guys were expecting us on their list.
Once that drama was behind us, as were “the officials” dining behind the black curtain when we first walked in, we could relax and enjoy the evening. We were first seated at this nice table next to the hand-painted grisaille, wallpaper mural of scenes from Monticello. I should have asked who manufactured it and if it was custom. I can only imagine it was since this would be most fitting for the Jefferson Hotel, where Plume is located.
Note the way to get dimension is by layering light over darker painted rendition of shrubbery, which I might add had little detail but a lot of depth.
grisaille detail – how to get dimension with light and shadow
We spied a cozier spot that was more appropriate for the celebration. Our waiter, Paul, and wait staff were kind enough to relocate us.
Our romantic book nook
The food was delicious. Peter had fois gras to start with Martin’s aged beef (because, coincidentally, he had met Mr. Martin in our local Butcher Block). We always compare who has the better meal and I won out this time with crab emulsion risotto and duck with apple chutney and curry sauces. We didn’t get the tasting menu but we had wines paired with our courses, which was the best idea. Perfect since I gave Peter a book on wines so we’ll know more about what we’re drinking as we travel the world during the next 25 years.
So maybe if we have that party, we can eat in their special wine room for parties of 20 or more. It reminded me of the 21 Club in New York. However, I’m still fixated on this location (at end of post).
Wine Cellar Dining
The pressure has past and we have a lot more time now to look into it. It’s nice to know that we can put a Plume/feather in our cap for making it to 25 years and continuing.