I’ve been wanting to try the lounge at The Source by Wolfgang Puck for some time. I dined at the upscale restaurant last summer, right before I started blogging. But The Source catapulted to the top of my list again after winning Best Fine Dining restaurant at last week’s RAMMYS. I am nothing if not shamelessly influenced by awards and praise from restaurant critics. (The Source is #3 on Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants 2011.)
Great food abounds in DC and resources about where to find it are plentiful. I almost always refer to the professional critics before I dine somewhere, just to give myself a baseline. Blogs and websites also offer opinions on nearly every venue in town. But in the end, when I’m writing a post about a restaurant, obviously I have to base it on my own experience- taking into account the thoughts expressed by my dining partners.
I go to The Source lounge with two friends for a weeknight dinner. I arrive first, in time to conduct a serious review of our options. They are sufficient, considering I am dining with two pescaterians, one who eats shellfish but no dairy, and one who doesn’t eat shellfish. I always peruse the menu online prior to visiting a restaurant and look for information about specific dishes, but you never can be certain about the reliability of online menus. This time the internet is a reliable source. (see how I worked that in there).
We begin with tempura green beans with a pickled ginger vinaigrette. They are lightly fried and crispy and the sauce is sweet and tangy. It’s a perfectly sized portion for three to share. These are very nicely done (particularly when I compare it to a similar dish I have at Proof a few days later which is not nearly as good).