In July of this year I joined an online community of food bloggers called Foodbuzz. Some of the perks of being a member of Foodbuzz are the little presents they send: I have received adorable business cards, an apron and a spatula.
Foodbuzz also has a Dine on Us program: they let their Featured Publishers get together once a year and pick up a bill up to $50 per person. Of course I had to take advantage of that!
Last night I met up with eight DC-area food bloggers at Central. I've heard of Central for a while now and was really looking forward to dining there. Our group of 9 have various food views and aesthetic preferences, but we all love food, and we all enjoyed the dinner!
And now to the food part of the evening: I started with a mojito. It wasn't amazing, but it definitely hit the spot.
The waiter brought a basket of bread to our table, but I did not try it, because I was looking forward to tasting Cheese puffs (gougères) that we decided to order and share.
The puffs were made in the same way as the eclairs I made a few months ago for the Daring Bakers, but were obviously cheese-flavored. Delicious! I had to stop myself from eating the entire basket. (Sorry in advance for the dark photos...the lighting just wasn't too good).
For the entree I ordered Lamb Shank With Creamy Corn Polenta. It was perfect: the meat was tender and moist; the polenta was creamy, and the accompanied sauce was smooth and rich. The only aspect of the plate I did not understand was a sprig of rosemary: I simply set it aside.
For dessert [because even though I was pretty full, how could I not have dessert?] I split Michel’s Chocolate Mousse with another blogger. It was divine: airy, chocolaty, with little rice puff "things" on the top and raspberry flavored sauce on the bottom. And the portion size? It was huge. Seriously, at least 4 people could have shared it (I am not complaining though!).
Overall, the dinner was fantastic. I enjoyed meeting new people, trying out a new restaurant and having to only pay $7! (I do have a $450 charge on my credit card, which I'm looking forward to being reimbursed for)