Big thanks to my mom for baby-sitting Ava last night so Tommy and I could go to dinner just the two of us to catch up and relax! A night out with each other was just what the doctor ordered with all of my travel this past year, our work schedules, and our little family finally (still!) working on becoming 100% healthy again.
I thought it would be fun to try out the latest and greatest from José Andrés – China Chilcano in Penn Quarter. This restaurant celebrates the rich culinary diversity of Peru, China, and Japan.
We had an interesting start to our dinner, but everything ended up working out great.
I had made a reservation for 8pm, but when we arrived we were told our table wasn’t ready. We were happy to wait and take in the scene. It was definitely busy, but I wouldn’t say chaotic. Well, five minutes turned into 10 minutes, which turned into 15 minutes. Tommy and I were both STARVING so we made the game time decision to try another restaurant nearby that may have been able to seat us right away. We also noted that they seemed to only be serving a price-fixed Valentine’s Day menu, and we weren’t looking to pay that price point. I went to tell the hostess to release our reservation. She promptly said “no, please wait”, but as she looked completely swamped I was as polite and cheery as I could be and told her “no worries” and proceeded to exit the restaurant. Well, the GM followed me out asking what was wrong and what needed to happen so that we would stay. Needless to say we were promptly seated and were given the option to order off the regular, extensive, menu. 🙂
We are glad we stayed as the food we ordered was delicious!
I will say that the restaurant appeared to be a tad underprepared for the Valentine’s Day rush. It took awhile for Tommy’s drink and food to appear – even though mine came out super quick!
I started my night off with a Pisco Sour.
Followed by the Big Eye Tuna Sashimi…!
And concluding with Tallarín Zhen Fe noodle bowl.
Tommy ordered the Arroz a la Cubana.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening!
What were your Valentine’s Day plans?