There have been a lot of new restaurant openings across the past few months in the Washington area, but Mintwood Place stands out as a true neighborhood gathering spot that seems to have some serious staying power. It's lovely, comfortable, unpretentious, and the food is outstanding. Nestled on Columbia Road between two of Adams Morgan's finest, Cashion's Eat Place and Perry's, Mintwood Place provides a new dining option that puts a spin on classic French and American comfort foods. The interior of Mintwood Place is quite unique with comfortable leather booths and banquettes, a great use of wood throughout, and wrought iron touches which mimic a sort of french country comfortable brasserie. There's a lively atmosphere with a great mix of customers of all ages, and it feels welcomed to take your time and enjoy a leisurely meal. As an appetizer my friend Arielle and I split the burrata with asparagus and spring garlic (it's hard for me to say no to burrata). The cheese was so creamy and served atop grilled and browned asparagus and was a perfect dish to split as we also enjoyed the bread and butter that was brought to the table.
For dinner we both could not resist ordering the tagliatelle bolognese. Once we saw the portion size we quickly realized we could have split one order, but since the pasta was so hearty and delicious we were happy to have our own. The tagliatelle is positioned on the plate as a tightly wound log of pasta with the bolognese hovering atop and a very generous portion of shredded cheese to finish it off. The sauce is made of veal, pork, and beef and had a wonderful mix of seasonings and flavors. I just loved this dish and would have a hard time not ordering it on my next visit.
We did our best to save room for dessert-- and it's a good thing we made that decision because the rhubarb and strawberry crumble was pretty fantastic. Served hot with ice cream on top, the dessert was topped with crunchy sugary crumble that went perfectly with the soft texture of the fruit. Absolutley satisfying and we were both happy all around. I really enjoyed the dinner at Mintwood Place and our waitress kindly gave us the heads up that brunch will begin at the restaurant this coming weekend which I am very much looking forward to try.
New places come and go quite often, but something about Mintwood Place seems right. It works so well in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, and they really nailed the right look and feel as well as a culinary viewpoint that no other restaurants seem to currently have around town. Executive Chef Cedric Maupillier knows how to impress. Mintwood Place is a gem and I am thrilled to be spreading the word about a great new spot that we are lucky to welcome to town.