Last night I tried Chef Frederik de Pue's new restaurant Table located in Shaw. I was able to snag a cocktail in the salon at Rogue 24 before heading over as it's just a few steps away on N Street NW. Table does not take reservations but the staff was very quick to get us a table as we entered around 7:30pm. The restaurant has a very beautiful and simplistic interior, and my friend Rachel and I were seated upstairs at a shared wood table with large wooden benches for seating. The menu is handwritten and includes a nice selection of first courses, main courses, cheeses, and wines. Additionally, Table describes itself as having "classic European sensibilities" which I believe is a very accurate description. The restaurant has not been open for long so service was not ideal (my first course was almost fully eaten by the time my friends arrived to the table), however the quality of food was delicious and made up for the mixup.
The ingredients on the menu are seasonal and fresh, and while the menu is not large, there was great variety to choose from. The mushroom first course was very unique with mushrooms, a poached egg, a mushroom puree, and crispy toasts. I particularly enjoyed the thickness of the puree with the runny cracked egg which made a perfect topping for the small crispy bread pieces. However, the NY strip main course stole the show. It arrived sliced into perfect sized bits with a side of potatoes and brussels sprouts in a classic red wine sauce. It was simple yet lovely. I highly recommend this dish. Additionally, I was able to enjoy a glass of Argyle Pinot Noir with my meal which tied it all together nicely.
We ended the evening by sharing an apple crostada with a white truffle gelato. The crostada was warm and crispy, and the gelato was especially great when you got a scoop with a strong hint of truffle flavor. The meal at Table was very enjoyable and I look forward to going back. A few minor complaints related to a new opening, but very satisfying food in a very nice setting makes for a good start.