2941 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
What Kind of Cuisine: French
Where it’s Located: Bottom floor of Office Building overlooking a large pond.
Accept Reservations: Yes
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm Sunday: 11 am-10 pm
Owners Names: Rachid LaKroune
Chef Name: Bertran Chemel: formerly of Cafe Bolud in New York
Service: Formal but friendly
Ambiance/Decor: Modern, sleek and upscale
Dress Attire: Formal, Dress casual.
Clientele Age: All ages present
Perfect for: Romantic Date Nights
Kids Menu: Very small selection
Allergy alternatives: None on menu, however, the waiter was willing to go over the alternatives verbally.
The company website describes this restaurant as a “visual and culinary adventure” and I wholeheartedly agree. Nestled behind landscaped woods, 2941 is not in a place that you will easily notice driving by. In fact, even with assistance from my GPS, I missed the location on my first try. Driving up on the narrow, winding road, you are greeted by a beautifully designed glass and metal office building. 2941 occupies the bottom floor directly facing the big man-made pond. The entrance to the restaurant is adorned with waterfalls and Koi ponds featuring numerous large, colorful Japanese fish. Inside, you are greeted and seated at your table by the friendly maitre d’, Rachid LaKroune.
The menu is designed by French executive chef Bertrand Chemel who served as Chef de Cuisine of Café Boulud in the Upper East Side of New York. The lunch menu featured a $29.41 Prix Fixe similar to the one at Charlie Palmer Steak House in D.C. In these tough economic times, Prix Fixe lunches are some of the best ways you can still enjoy delightfully brilliant food in luxurious establishments.
At 2941, I started with lobster bisque cooked with French Sauternes wine, tarragon and lemon. The soup had a pinch of lobster meat in the middle and was appetizing, albeit a little runny for my taste. For the main course, I enjoyed both the grilled lamb loin and the grilled swordfish. The grilled swordfish was one of the best I have ever had. Chef Bertrand managed to infuse it with a smoky grilled taste while preserving a tender, moist and succulent filet. It was served over thinly sliced heirloom tomatoes and scallions while the filet is covered with citrus-ancho chile that is sweetened with honey. The tender grilled lamb loin could not have been any softer. The only thing I did not particularly care for in this dish was the fattiness of the two pieces that I was served. I found the best part of this dish to be the succulent roasted corn risotto with pickled ramps (wild leeks) and white asparagus. To go with my main dish, I tried a fabulous 2006 Hamacher Pinot Noir Rose from Oregon. The wine had a beautiful salmon color, great acidity and fruitiness. It was a perfect match for my food and I recommend it for your fall BBQs. For dessert, I tried the orange crepes served with Grand Marnier ice cream and orchard strawberries and a quartet of seasonal sorbets featuring lemon thyme, strawberry, rhubarb and pineapple. The crepe was spongy, light and perfectly accented with the ice cream. Out of the four flavors of the sorbets, I liked the lemon thyme the best for its distinctly zesty flavor. While waiting for my check, I noticed that some of the patrons were eating perfectly round beignets. I inquired about them and thirty seconds later my waiter showed up with a plate of the warm Citrus Beignets. The size of Swedish meatballs, they are perfectly round, lightly glazed and refreshingly infused with citrus flavor. A true French delight.
Visit 2941 and make sure to take your friends with you to enjoy the food as well as the heavenly scenery.