Lavandou
Robust Provence-style cooking.
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published October 18, 2006
Lavandou
Address: 3321 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-966-3003
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: French
Nearby Metro Stops: Van Ness-UDC, Cleveland Park
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Snails baked in eggplant; charcuterie platter; lamb stew; daube of beef; bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin; red-wine-stewed figs with vanilla ice cream.

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This attractive and dependable Cleveland Park bistro specializes in the robust, soul-satisfying cooking of Provence. Good starters include a delicious variation on the usual snails in garlic butter, here baked in eggplant. A very good charcuterie platter, listed under "salads" on the menu, includes a coarsely ground country pâté, a rich and smooth duck-liver terrine, smoked duck breast, garlic sausage, dry-cured ham, and a salad of green beans and walnuts. It's plenty for two to share as an appetizer.

Among the main courses, it's always tempting on a winter evening to go for the hearty stews--lamb with artichokes and tomatoes or a robust daube of beef. Another good bet is the pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon. The dessert on a recent visit was a very good dish of fresh figs stewed in red wine and spices and served over vanilla ice cream.

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