Arlington, VA 22201
There's a little triumvirate of restaurants along the triangle that consists of Wilson Blvd, Washington Blvd and 10th Street just on the edge of Clarendon (TriBeClar? Triangle below Clarendon? TriBeRo? Triangle below Rossyln? TriBeCour? Triangle below Courthouse? Yeah. I'm retarded) all owned by the same group. I've had the pleasure of visiting Liberty Tavern and Northside Social already and while I've had a few drinks and a light brunch at Lyon Hall, I've never had a full meal there until today. Lyon Hall is the Liberty Tavern Restaurant Group's take on a casual French bistro and was recently added to Eater.com's 38 most essential restaurants in Washington DC, so it seemed like a good place to take a long lunch.
Vichyssoise is pureed potato, leek and cream soup usually served cold, which I didn't know but it was a welcome surprise with the current heat wave in DC. This particular version also included salmon tartare and garlic chips. It was hard to distinguish the mild flavors of the potatoes and leeks from the overall creaminess of the soup but even though it was pretty thick, it was also much lighter than I expected. The garlic chips added a great element of crunch and flavor while the salmon tartare provided another twist of coolness and slightly chewy texture to the dish.
For dessert, I ordered their chocolate mousse. What I was expecting was sort of a pudding with whip cream on top put inside a sundae glass. Yeah, I know I wasn't at Denny's so I wasn't sure why I was expecting that and no I'm not a twelve year old so again I don't know why. However, what came out was a a dense & airy scoop of chocolate mouse on top of a bed of strawberries with two star shaped shortbread biscuits and a chocolate moon shaped cookie. Talk about exceeding expectations. The mousse was both thick & rich and airy at the same time. It doesn't make sense as I write it but you have to try it so it will make sense. The strawberries provided a nice change of pace from the really deep chocolate flavors. The cookies on top were a great textural component that I probably should have saved to eat throughout the dessert but were all gone about .5 seconds after I bit into the first one.
P.S. This is my 99th post! WTF. And you're probably wondering why I'm celebrating 99 instead of 100. Well, I'm Canadian and I love hockey. That's all you need to know.