2941 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042


Neighborhood: Falls Church

Cuisines: Modern, French, American

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2 and 5 to 9:30, Saturday 5:30 to 10 PM. Closed Sunday.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Dunn Loring-Merrifield

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Upscale Casual (jeans okay)

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Tuna tartare; fettuccine with lobster and octopus; gnocchi with vermouth cream; scallops with citrus; duck burger; pineapple éclair.

Price Details:
Snacks $4 to $9, starters $8 to $22, entrées $22 to $34.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

The Needle: 2941

Chef Bertrand Chemel’s French leanings have given way lately to a fixation on things Asian. A recent offering of duck, well flavored but tough, was scattered with a pho-like herbal mix of mint, Thai basil, and cilantro. Monchong, a white fish from Hawaii, was nicely flaky and translucent, but its mound of basmati rice and a simple curry didn’t suit its $29 price tag. Off the Pacific track, a corn-and-mascarpone ravioli was terrific and a generous lobe of foie gras was perfectly seared, but a ruby-rare square of Mishima beef, served with a filet of hamachi and a lemon-butter sauce, was oddly devoid of flavor. Still, dinner ended on a high note: an almond-crepe soufflé was fabulous, as were a pair of take-home baguettes.


-September, 2009