Roasted eel with saba, Alaskan spot prawns, Liberty Farm duck leg, Mishima Ranch wagyu hangar steak, pommes de terre, Bluebird Grain Farm farro w/hedgehog mushrooms... Nuff said? Oh yeah, comfortable room and attentive service too!
Lark continues to sing... Almost 10 years later. Chef Sundstrom is in the kitchen, and now is also an author. If you haven't been in a while, go back!
Do not forget one of the pioneers on 12th: Lark. A charming room and a menu that allows you to build a meal great or small.
A lovely room, this Capitol Hill restaurant doesn't get nearly the attention it did when it first opened. But that's a good thing because these days, you might actually be able to get a table. James Beard award winning chef John Sundstrom's menu is challenging because there are so many must-try options. Let the excellent servers guide your choices, as items change often. If it's offered, do not miss the burrata. The kitchen also does an exceptional job with seafood. Oh, and pork. Come to think of it, I've never had anything less than a stellar meal at Lark.
Happy Valentine's Day at Lark and Licorous!. My wife and I visited Chef John Sundstrom's Lark (and Sundstrom's neighboring Licorous for cocktails) last night for Valentine?s Day. The food, service and atmosphere were superior as-reported by other reviewers. Our only regret was that they chose to offer a prix fixe 4-course menu rather than their usual renowned menu of diverse, creative, dynamic small plates. Oh well,... We'll just have to come back some other time soon! :-) The focus of my review is to comment on the impact to patrons of Lark and Licorous (which is to say, little-to-none) by recent demonstrations being held outside these two neighboring establishments on peak evenings (recently on Fridays, and this Valentine?s Day). No one wanting to visit these two excellent establishments should be dissuaded from going. From the standpoint of the dining experience, one is barely aware of the demonstration activity going on outside. We, supporting and defending the demonstrator?s right to free speech, chose to enter and exit via the front door. A credit to their cause, the demonstrators behaved in a respectful, law-abiding manner ? in the best spirit of non-violent protest. They did not block the sidewalk nor impair patron's right-of-way in any way. Again, I recommend visiting both Licorous and Lark for a wonderful evening. I would also not hesitate to visit on a protest night (and we probably will as we cannot come on a week night). In closing, I would encourage both diners, demonstrators and employees to continue to treat each other with respect for each other's human-, civil- and social rights (as exhibited to my wife and I ? and, hopefully, exhibited by us ? last night). Looking forward to our next visit to Lark and Licorous! Peace.
Thank you Lark for a nice meal.. I liked each dish I had that night. Each one was done very well. The seasonings were right on. The venison was my favorite. It was perfectly cooked. The faro was good, too. The menu changes a lot so these items might not be on there still but it's nice to know they can cook them well. It's also good to know the Chef is creative enough to write new menus. He also uses seasonal and local products. The waitress was excellent at her job answering all my questions about the food and being graceful at her work. I like when people do there jobs well and take pride in there work. It's like a breath of fresh air. Oh, and I read a review on here that a reviewer wrote about Lark saying that there bread was too chewy. I would like to clarify that I had the bread too and it's suppose to be chewy. It's artisan bread. It's not wonder bread. If you think the faro was too creamy then don't go to France cause it was right on for what they were doing. Also, the timing is suppose to be a couple of dishes at a time not all at once (also don't go to Spain either). Take it from someone in the industry they know how to do there job.
Hold the salt, please!.
I would have given this restaurant one more star, except nearly everything we ordered was oversalted, and the duck leg was so salty I could only eat half of it. The other characteristic of this place is an overabundance of saturated fat, which I had already noticed just by looking at the menu online (heavy emphasis on cheese, charcuterie, and fatty cuts of meat). I just thought if I ordered the right thing, like a grain, I might escape some of it. Wrong.
I ordered the faro, which was drowning in butter and cream (or cheese, I couldn't really tell). Plus, I thought I was ordering a side dish, since the waiter had told us he'd be bringing all the plates out together to share, but he brought only my husband's eel and my faro out at the same time. After two bites of the faro, I knew I'd have to wait and try to eat it as a side dish, or I wouldn't even be able to eat my duck leg. Well, as it turned out, the salt took care of that anyway. I'd also had the carrot soup, which was very good (but too much salt for my taste) and my husband ordered a $10 teacup of sunchoke soup.
All in all I was very disappointed in this place after reading the great reviews and spending so much money. It was surprisingly busy for a Tuesday evening - but I have no idea why!
You werent the only one disappointed that Friday....
I've been debating writing this for a while so when I opened the page and saw someone else was there that night and had the same problems, I didnt feel so bad :S I did notice there were only 2 people in the kitchen to solve the bad timing issue.
It was my first time in and I heard so many good things about it. My friend was actually embarassed by the end of the meal from how she talked it up to me.
First we had the agnolotti and pommes.. The pasta was freezer-burned and totally tasteless! It was just textures...it was odd. The potatoes were okay except there was a layer of melted butter over the top which was weird.
Next we had the seared foie and steak. The steak was pretty good.. the foie itself was great but the bread (?) or crouton that was with it was so chewy I couldnt eat it like it was stale or something.. I was expecting top quality ingredients, especially for the price, instead it made me cringe thinking they just used stuff from before the holiday.
We had the tarte tatan for dessert which kinda saved the meal.
I'll try it again soon, though.
okay if you like burnt food.
My boyfriend and I went to Lark on Friday, the 26th. We've been many times before mostly this last summer and it was great! we were excited to try their winter menu. Service was great, the server knowledgable. We started with cheese and a rosti which was ridiculously salty, almost inedible. the eel was pretty good, except for the sticker shock of $13 for maybe an ounce of eel on a few tablespoons of potato salad. The eel tasted like the same stuff you get on your sushi! Moving on to other fish and meats, we were hopeful but dissapointed again. Our fish was burnt and over cooked.
I'm not sure what they were doing back there because everything took forever with only a couple other tables and the kitchen was smoking alarmingly- we could smell it in the dining room! I cant believe they let the fish go out like that at 18 dollars you'd think they'd look at it close enough to see that it was burnt and it tasted so. We finished our meal with charcuterie which were great..
We were so dissapointed with our visit we didnt even order dessert which is usually my favorite part.. Maybe I'll go back but I'm going to wait a while, while they train up their obviously new staff.
Terrible, obnoxious service. We were looking forward to trying lark for a while. The restaurant was busy and loud - not necessarily a bad thing. Our waitress was EXTREMELY rude and not even remotely helpful. We stayed and ordered because we had no other plans and were determined to give Lark a chance. The food was good - not great. The bill was extraordinarily high considering the B- quality of the food and discourteous service - who do they think they are?! I would not recommend this place to anyone. I've felt more welcome in Wendy's!
Romantic atmosphere; wonderful food. I have been to Lark three or four times over the years and the food is consistently great. The portions are small so you need to order several items to make a meal but that makes it fun and interesting. They have a wonderful cheese list, great vegetarian options, and plenty of seafood, charcuterie and meat choices to please everyone. The chocolate madeleines are amazing; they serve about 20 of them wrapped in a napkin to stay warm and offer a dark chocolate dipping sauce on the side.
Run Dont Walk to Lark!!. The food here is amazing! It is the kind of food that you cant help but close your eyes and moan in happiness as you eat each bite.
Solid. My friend and I went to dinner there last night. We did not have a reservation but the Dining Room Manager was kind enough to sit us at a nice table. The food was superb, the service technically perfect, the wine choices multiple and very good : I made a mistake though, I displeased a server who was helping my date with a wine selection by hinting that I knew a little bit about wine and made a suggestion, she very quickly put me back in my place in a curt fashion and smirked about from a distance, definitely not afraid to show her dislike for a patron, so you "experts" out there beware! That aside, this restaurant is a very smooth machine, everything executed in a precise fashion, you want passion warmth and/or fun go somewhere else, this is not what this place is all about, the dishes which are the creations of a Chef with a very well deserved James Beard Award are the centerpiece: You go to Lark for the food, the very businesslike floor staff is there to make sure that everything is timed perfectly and served efficiently as your service needs will be met. We had heard from others that the place was expensive, true but its a very relative notion because guess what? You get what you pay for, great ingredients are not cheap, mainly nowadays. You cannot go wrong by choosing any item on the menu, just sit be quiet and eat.
Bad Food! Unknowledgeable Server!. Wow! What we thought was going to be a wonderful experience turned out to be a nightmare. We had heard several good things from colleagues and friends and decided we should give it a try. We wanted a well rounded meal of items to share but were confuse on what to order seeing as how the menu was written in french. So we decided to ask our server for some advise on what to order. In return we got information that was not helpful and even more confusing. When the waiter left the table we both agreed that he must be new. When returning in conversation he told us that he had worked there for several years. Wow, his menu knowledge did not show this at all. We ended up with three very small appetizers and a cheap bottle of wine, and a very expensive bill.(75 dollars) Not an amount you would be willing to pay when you have no idea what you are ordering. Not to mention the food that was brought out was at best mediocre. Probably will never go back, and neither should you.
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