It was hilarious... he had some really beautiful-looking dishes in the works, but clearly DC didn't bring its A-game. And one of his two plated dishes was completely raw.Posted by: jeff on March 8, 2005 03:08 PM
I'm hoping DCist has Catherine's post about this up later today, in time for the replay tonight. I didn't catch it, but I'll watch tonight. Can't say I'm surprised. Morimoto is a seasoned professional at this kind of "pressure cooking" (groan) while Donna seems more in tune with Slow Food.Posted by: Kanishka on March 8, 2005 03:12 PM
I can't say I'm surprised...it doesn't seem like Donna's thing. The only other chefs in the area that are at the kind of level where you might expect them to be good competition are Gerard ? of Gerard's Place and Patrick O'Connell of The Inn. O'Connell would probably be the better, as his dishes tend to be less elaborate (thus quicker). He's also probably one of the best chefs in the world.Posted by: Michael on March 8, 2005 04:22 PM
What about Michelle Richard? I've never eaten at Citronelle, but Sietsema seems to think he's the guy to beat.
Then again, it's Sietsema who puts Donna at the top of the DC Italian heap... and really, Catherine and I were somewhat underwhelmed by Galileo. Particularly given Sietsema's cold shoulder toward Goldoni's, at which I've gotten to eat several times, I was expecting something revelatory, and it just wasn't. Obelisk was better, too.Posted by: tom on March 8, 2005 04:28 PM