The Hamilton: Washington, DC, USA
The next couple of posts will highlight my last few meals in our Nation’s Capital before I headed back to Atlanta. This place was by far my favorite. I had set up a dinner for an Atlanta-reunion with PRo as the lone ND friend. She had suggested a few restaurants but we all voted on the Hamilton. I had found out that they had a sushi-happy hour on Tuesdays and so another friend and I met up earlier to take full use of their 50% off sushi and rolls. For sushi happy hour we had the following:
- The Hamilton Roll
- Spicy Dragon Roll
- Yellowtail sushi
- Smoked Salmon sushi
- Braised Eel (unagi) nigiri
- Blue crab sushi
- individual sushi was great: fresh and not too heavy
- good proportion of fish to rice
- cheap cheap cheap, especially for DC!
- braised eel was especially tasty
- rolls were pretty good, but I couldn’t say they floored me in taste or flavor. Standard or average for fusion rolls.
- takes awhile to come out if you get there somewhat late: apparently a lot of people come to the Hamilton for sushi happy hour so if you can get your entire order in at once, it helps curb the hunger.
Overall a sushi summary as follows:
- selected sushi: ***.75 (3.75) stars
- fusion rolls: ***.5 (3.5) stars
After the rest of our party arrived, we headed to the back of the restaurant for…dinner. Yes. Yes, I ate for about three hours consecutively that night. It was expensive as hell, but it was also amazing. I think I gained about 3lbs of weight just from this day alone. One of my friends J is all about the ordering-of-many-and-the-finishing-of-none. That is, he’s all about sharing and tasting many dishes. To give him credit, he can throw down if he really wanted to. The things we tried for dinner included:
- seared octopus appetizer
- roasted beet with bufala mozzarella
- gnochetti with early fern
- hazelnut cream puffs
Seared Octopus Appetizer
- perfectly done. It’s really difficult to cook octopus properly. A lot of the time, a bad restaurant will overcook it, and what you end up doing is chewing a piece of tough ocean-tasting rubber and wondering at what exact moment your teeth will pierce through or break from wear.
- good flavors in the sauce.
- definitely able to share for the table
- I can’t really say that there are any that stand out.
Roasted beet with bufala mozzarella and toast: this was by far my most favorite dish that we ordered. I wanted something light, and also, bufala mozzarella is my favorite type of mozzarella.
- also great for sharing
- perfect combination of flavors: the creaminess of the bufala goes well with the sweetness of the roast beets over the slightly decadent buttered toast.
- none other than I could use another plate of it for dinner!
- gnochetti are perfectly sized for people with smaller mouths or who like smaller bites. It’s slightly bigger than boba (tapioca pearls).
- gnochetti was cooked perfectly: not overcooked, not under. It had just the right chewiness.
- the sauce was fairly acidic, as in, it almost tasted more like lemon juice or vinegar was added to it. The goat cheese did not help much
- not that great for sharing unless you plan on sharing other dishes and doing happy-hour beforehand.
Hazelnut cream puffs
- well done, not too burnt on the bottom
- I like hazelnut and so I approve of the flavor. It’s a nice change from the standard cream puffs.
- the puff itself was not “puffy” but was rather heavy. I prefer a lighter, fluffier pastry.
All in all, a summary of our dinner portion at the Hamilton is as follows:
- seared octopus: ***.75 (3.75 stars)
- roasted beets with bufala mozzarella and toasts: **** (4 stars)
- gnochetti: ***.5 (3.5 stars)
- hazelnut cream puffs *** (3 stars)
You can find them just a few blocks from the Metro Center subway stop on the red-line. I probably would not go in torn jeans as this is a somewhat nice establishment but they wouldn’t turn you away unless you were really bumming it in sweat pants.
600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Definitely check them out. I had one of the best eats in DC at this establishment and highly recommend it! Happy eating!