Arroz, May 2017

For our Odd Night Out group, we went to a Mike Isabella restaurant in DC called Arroz. We love Graffiato, which is also his. This place was Moroccan/Spanish inspired and was so good. It’s a bit pricy, but we had a big group and we ordered a bunch of stuff (it’s sort of small plates/shareables) and we all got a taste of everything which helped with the cost. The food was fantastic, so well worth it. And because we had a big group, we actually ended up with the private room, which cut down on noise and was great. Mike Isabella was on Top Chef a few times.

This was a free amuse busch.

Burnt Eggplant: moroccan flat bread, cauliflower tabbouleh, za’atar, pine nut, black garlic (that bread was so so good)

gem lettuce: marcona almond, aged manchego, guindilla dressing, cabrales mousse

Octopus a la plancha: spanish bean stew, green sofrito aioli, sazon, harissa-tomato conserva

Fideo noodles: littleneck clams, sweet corn, linguica sausage, sea urchin espuma (I wanted to get this because we had fideo noodles at an authetic catalan place in Barcelona and I was curious.)

salt cod fritters: ‘salt & vinegar,’ Saison, sherry aioli

I think this was the chermoula lamb ribs. (I don’t really care for lamb, it’s often too gamey for me): kohlrabi salad, spiced yogurt, coriander honey

Smoked Merguez sausage: farm egg, harissa tomato, grilled leek & potato stew

crispy potatoe “tortilla”: egg custard, mahon, chorizo crema, harissa paste

Patatas bravas: potato terrine, pimentón aioli) different than I expected but delicious

Then we split one of the Bomba Rice – the veggie one. These were very expensive, but amongst a large group, ordering one wasn’t bad. It was good, a bit salty. It wasn’t my favorite menu item. We should have squeezed the lemon on it, I think it would have added acidity.




Pistachio Mille Feuille: caramelized honey, citrus sorbet, feuille de brick

I think these little cookies were complimentary also:


The drinks looked amazing, but I was pregnant and couldn’t partake.
Group pic!