Its all Greek to me!

Yesterday Tommy, my mom, and I dined at Kapnos, Mike Isabella’s (Graffiato fame) new restaurant on 14th Street, for dinner that draws inspiration from Northern Greece. While we all enjoy going out for a delicious meal in our nation’s capitol, we had another motive. Mom is part of an international dining group and next month is her turn to choose a fun restaurant to go to. Before she had committed to Kapnos for this, she wanted to test it out first.

It passed with flying colors. Honestly, the food was so good. All of it. The layout, decor, and ambiance of the restaurant was superb as well.

Kapnos serves small plates so we were able to try a few different dishes. Surprisingly we all left full, even Tommy. He generally doesn’t like tapas as he usually feels like he didn’t get to eat enough, but yet somehow spent a fortune at dinner.

To start we ordered a pikilia, a sampling of three spreads.

To start we ordered pikilia, a sampling of three spreads.

The spreads we chose were:
The taramasalata – carp roe, caviar, cauliflower
The revithosalata – chickpea, tahini, sultan chutney
The melitzanosalata – smoky eggplant, roasted peppers, walnuts, feta

Side bar: The taramasalata was incredible, absolutely incredible. Genius. It was soooo tasty. I would have never even thought to create a hummus- like spread with caviar.

The bread was delicious. The three of us devoured it and promptly had to ask for a second round.

The bread was delicious. The three of us devoured it and promptly had to ask for a second round.

To accompany the spreads we also got a Greek salad with goat cheese.

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The goat cheese was awesome!

Next we ordered the dolmades –  grape leaves, rice, pinenuts, grapes.

Tommy loves grape leaves and he wasn't disappointed with these.

Tommy loves grape leaves and he wasn’t disappointed with these.

At the suggestion of our waitress for our meat dish we decided to try the chicken with lemon potatoes seasonal dish.

At the suggestion of our waitress for our meat dish we decided to try the chicken with lemon potatoes seasonal dish.

To balance out the chicken dish, we ordered the charred brussels with white anchovy, black garlic, kalamata, orange.

To balance out the chicken dish, we ordered the charred brussels with white anchovy, black garlic, kalamata, orange.

After dinner was over we all were so full. However as I was perusing the dessert menu, just for fun, something caught my eye. The semolina cake  grilled figs, olive oil ice cream. Olive oil ice cream? I would have never even thought that could be an ice cream flavor. In fact I asked the waitress if what I was reading on the menu was for real. She assured me it was and that I would have to come back and try it when I wasn’t so full…

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As a surprise she brought out a sample of the ice cream for us to try! It was out of this world. Seriously. Not too sweet and with a hint of an olive after taste that was somehow so delectable.

The three of us would definitely recommend Kapnos in a heartbeat. Great food, great setting, great service. Mom promptly booked a reservation for her international dining club to eat here next month as well.

Mission accomplished!

QUESTION:

Do you like Greek food?

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