Multi-course meals, unlike multi-course to-the-death golf tournaments, satisfy without eliciting feelings of excessive rage or putter envy. Swing into savory sustenance with today's Groupon: for $32, you get the five-course chef's tasting menu at The Grille at Morrison House, located in Alexandria.
The Grille at Morrison House sets tongues atwitter with a menu, helmed by Chef Dennis Marron, of modern American cuisine boasting a French influence. Sample the gastronomic goods with the chef's tasting menu, featuring five courses running the gamut from starter to dessert and prepped with local ingredients. Appetizing openers are yellowfin tuna sashimi with pickled red onion and seaweed salad, or soup, available in fennel-bisque, baby-carrot-puree, and fingerling-potato-cream variations. Next up is the choice of foie gras torchon or braised pork cheeks—both scrumptious segues into the third course. While a shrimp cocktail is offered as tray tres, diners may wish to opt for The Grille's signature dish, the progression of scallops. The Poseidon-preferred plates of mouthwatering mollusks begin with a diver scallops crudo —the Italian version of sushi—before delving into a cold smoked scallop and a seared day-boat sea scallop, and then ending with a coquilles St. Jacques. A lamb loin and a pork loin are the carnivore-friendly options for the fourth course, with a cheese plate or a dessert rounding out the tasting menu.
Uncork the knowledge of your server for wine-pairing suggestions to tastily and tannically complement the courses. The Grille at Morrison House's recently refurbished dining room, decked out in fabrics and furnishings evoking an otherworldly elegance, makes for a romantic evening for two lovers or a peaceful escape from the vacuum-cleaner factory for one foreman.
The Grille is a Frommer's Exceptional Destination. Northern Virginia Magazine named it one of their 50 Best Restaurants in 2008, and gave the food an 8.7 out of 10 in a 2008 review. The restaurant also grabs good reviews from the Washingtonian, Fodor's, and About.com. More than 140 OpenTable diners give it an average of 4.6 stars:
- The excellent cuisine emphasizes wild game, fish, free-range fowl, and other natural ingredients. – Frommer's
- A mini cream pie conceived of coconut-covered custard, sugary graham cracker and liquid chocolate is a Willy Wonka-esque treat. – Warren Rojas, Northern Virginia Magazine
- For luxury and intimacy, nothing matches this restaurant… located in the Morrison House Hotel, possessor of the coveted Relais & Chateaux hotel insignia. – David Dorsen, Washingtonian
- Lovely experience all around. Imaginative (but not weird) menu. Excellent presentation. Charming and quiet. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 04/16/2010
116 S Alfred St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314Get Directions