The only french way to start the brunch is with some fancy meat like Beef Tartar from La Piquette, a small bistro in Cathedral Common, DC’ National Cathedral neighborhood. At the cute place where all waiters speak with a sexy French accent, we start our Sunday foodie experience with some raw meat dish. Whaa raw meat? You heard it right. We were eating hand-cut beef tenderloin season and served uncooked. Ah, our favorite part of this dish was really the fries. So thin and crunchy, no need for any condemns. Goes great with the tartar. Not exactly an overly crazy concept for those of us who love sushi. So live adventures and try something new. A light soft dish that went great with a side of thin fries and salad. A pretty nice dish, but $16 is a bit too much for it. It might leave you craving more. Not their star dish, but the rest of the food is way better, so don’t let this judge the whole place.
Croque Madame (5/5 NOMs)
Closest you can get to an authentic Croque Madame from La Piquette, a small French bistro in Cathedral Common, DC’ National Cathedral neighborhood. There may be many restaurants that serve this dish, but none does it so well, so be prepared to get your taste buds wowed away. This is by far probably one of the most beautiful looking dishes we’ve had in a while. I just love the amount of gruyere cheese in it, overflowing from all sides under the thick toast. It’s not just any ham; instead, they use Jambon de Paris that was cooked to a specific French recipe. Of course, it’s not complete until there is a beautiful bright yellow sunny-side-up egg on top with a perfectly runny yolk. As you slice it with a knife, all the gooey things mix, and yolk cover the whole thing. Together all this creates one of the most impressive breakfast dishes. The combination of strong cheese and ham flavors with a crunchy toast. Unlike other dishes, this massive sandwich is only $14, which makes it an excellent order. This is a very popular order available for both dinner and brunch. They only make a finite number of them a day and tend to run out pretty fast, so make sure to order yours early.