This week is Restaurant Week here in DC. If you’re not familiar with the concept, a bunch of DC’s fancy restaurant’s agree to do a 3 course meal for cheap–$20.08 for lunch and $30.08 for dinner. It is a funny way to get to eat at some restaurants that are clearly out of our price range on a daily basis. To take advantage of that, one night we dined at a restaurant called Ceiba. It’s a Latin American restaurant, seeming to specialize in seafood.
The only reservation we could get was for 5:30, earlier than a normal dinner. This was only odd because there were empty tables the entire time we were in the restaurant, so clearly we could have gotten a later seating. But regardless, we ate early. The ambiance of the restaurant is nice, very soothing, with lots of mirrors that make the several small dining rooms seem bigger. The meal began with some pita-like chips and a dip that resembled a spicy hummers. We quickly devoured two baskets of the chips, so clearly they were good. For cocktails, my friends chose a Mojito and a beer, but I decided to be daring and chose a drink called a pisco sour, which involved many things, including egg white powder. A little strange, but actually quite good.
One of the nice things about Ceiba is that for Restaurant Week, instead of having a limited number of dishes to choose from, they let you pick any entree off the menu. It’s a nice touch. For my dinner, I had a ceviche to start, and a crispy whole red snapper as my entree. The ceviche was delicious, a bit spicy while still having the great taste of the fish. The snapper was also cooked very well. I was a little nervous, as they literally brought the entire fish to me in a platter, head and all (pictured right)…..yikes. But, under the skin, the fish was very moist and the accompanying sauce and vegetables were great as well (although I was nervous about accidentally eating the fish’s brain).
My dining companions both chose different meals. One friend, a vegetarian, had a mixed green salad to start and some sort of vegetable tamale. She said both were quite good. My other dining companion chose a shrimp cocktail (which he said was very good and spicy) and an Mahi tuna dish. Despite a little nervousness regarding the rawness of the tuna, and a general dislike of mashed potatoes, he also enjoyed his meal. Dessert was also quite good, with two of us choosing a guava cake (more like a banana bread) that was served with a cream cheese panna cotta, and the third choosing a Brazilian carrot cake served with chocolate ice cream. It was certainly a filling end to the meal.
Overall, I think we all agreed that Ceiba was quite a good restaurant. Of course, it was not a place to eat everyday, but it was a good Restaurant Week choice.
~ The GFF