My love affair with lamb is recent, but ever since the American Lamb Board graciously asked me to be a judge at D.C.'s first Lamb Jam back in May, I have been hooked. So, for the past year or so I have been hearing friends in the food community talk about this lamb sandwich at 1905 Restaurant and have been dying to try it. Time moves on, seasons pass, and after almost three years of being open just 6 or so blocks from my apartment, I finally realized it was time to eat at 1905. Last night I was joined by three friends for a lovely dinner and I can now finally say that the lamb sandwich did live up to the hype. The restaurant is located on 9th between T and U Streets NW and is described as a European bistro with comfort foods. The sign from the street is unassuming, and leads you up a staircase to the restaurant which happens to be full of charm. 1905 is small yet comfortable and provides a great spot for catching up with friends or an intimate setting for a date. We started with some appetizers for the table and I was blown away by the Escargots Maître d’Hôtel. They are served in a small baking dish which is filled with a creamy garlic and parsley butter sauce which can only be described as decadent and divine. There were also some small pieces of toasted bread served with the dish so the sauce would not go to waste. I can't wait to have those little snails again.
Now it's time to talk about the lamb sandwich. All four of us ordered it-- the description alone is hard to resist: braised Colorado lamb sandwich crisped on Asiago bread with gruyère, and served with red wine demi-glace and greens salad. The sandwich is simple yet delicious, but once dipped in the demi-glace sauce it is rich, complex, and comforting all at once.
I can see this becoming one of my favorite and go-to dishes (especially in the winter) and I plan to be heading back very soon to try out 1/2 price burger nights on Wednesday's or to check out live jazz on Thursday nights at 9PM. 1905 Restaurant has something that a lot of other places do not- character, charm, and some edge all at the same time. And a fabulous lamb sandwich to boot.