The Mandarin Oriental – CityZen, Sou’Wester & Top Chef: Just Desserts

Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a luxury Washington DC hotel overlooking the Tidal Basin – it features 5 Star accommodations, spa, dining and meeting facilities.

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During my time in Washington, DC we had the opportunity to visit the Mandarin Hotel and spend the morning there.

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Gina, Tina & I enjoyed the beautiful views the hotel had to offer!

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Our first stop inside the hotel included a visit to the beautiful CityZen restaurant.

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We didn’t eat at CityZen – we were there for an extra special treat!

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Chef Matthew Petersen, the Executive Pastry Chef at the Mandarin is currently competing on Top Chef Just Desserts. We got to spend a little time with him during our trip and he even whipped up a special treat for us!

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Chef Matt walked us through his winning dessert from episode 2 on Top Chef Just Desserts – Lemon Curd with Almond Sable, Sweet Basil Sauce Topped with Creme Fresh

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It was a real treat to watch Chef Matt in action.

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Side Note: I think he kinda looks like my brother-in-law, Robert! At least from the side!

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And the recipe he taught us was pretty simple – I definitely want to try to recreate it at home!

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After all our pastry learnings we had worked up an appetite!

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The Sou’Wester is another restaurant inside the Mandarin, created a special tasting menu just for our lunch.

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Sou’Wester is home to American comfort food inspired by the surrounding region as well as waterfront views.

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Our meal started off with a baby spinach salad with granny smith apples, candied walnuts , blue cheese, a crostini with red onion jam and warm bacon vinaigrette.

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The crostini was pretty incredible.

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We also started off with a platter of fried oysters with smoked pepper aioli and grilled oysters with bacon vinaigrette. The presentation was lovely.

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The hush puppies with honey butter were amazing as well! It was great to share a few starters to try different things.

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For our entree we had a choice of tuna, shrimp or chicken & waffles.

Obviously the choice was an easy one.  

If you are ever given the chance to try this tasty dish – DO IT! It will surprise you.

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It is officially called Ayrshire Farms Fried Chicken & Waffles – cornmeal waffles, sorghum syrup and peach butter.

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It was savory with a light sweetness – comfort food to the MAX!

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But I must say that my favorite part of the meal, and the best thing I ate during my time in DC was the incredible dessert.

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I can’t say enough good things about this dessert. The sweet basil was the perfect pairing with the lemon curd.

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Seriously, it was AH-mazing.  

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Thank you Mandarin for a TASTY day!

  

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4 Comments

  • Reply Emily G. October 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Chicken & Waffles is where it’s at!! Drizzle a little honey on top and it’s quite possibly the best meal!..and that lemon curd looks just as amazing!

  • Reply Patty O October 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    What an honor to meet one of the Top Chefs! His dessert really looked amazing! The Spinach Salad caught my eye as well!

  • Reply Ashley October 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    You take the most AMAZING photos! You could be a professional! And your pictures really make me want to move there/nova to be closer to my parents!!! Looks like you guys had an amazing time! I’ve never been to a fresh market of any kind before. It’s def going on my short bucket list of things to do in the new year!

  • Reply Katie October 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Oh…drooool! All of that food looks amazing! I haven’t ever had chicken and waffles before, and that plate looks amazing!

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