[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter leaving us all summer to suffer what is akin to heroin withdrawal, Saint Ex is back with a new kitchen and a new menu that is more daring and playful than ever.
Take for example, the most extravagant peanut butter and jelly you’ll ever have–foie gras torchon ($14), peanut bread pudding, concord grape coulis, apples and mint.
Extravagant only because your peanut butter and jelly sandwich is simply…a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Saint Ex’s foie gras brûlée is a playground of flavors–rich and satiny, crunchy and earthy, nutty and sweet with razor-thin slices of fresh apple, all under a veil of flame-torched caramel. As dining companion Stephanie of Endless Simmer said, “It f**ks with your mind.”
My confounded thoughts exactly.
Mandatory must-tries: maple smoked pork belly ($10) with soft-poached egg, frisee and apple butter; “General Tso’s” sweetbreads ($11) with rice cake, rapini, edamame and ginger; cocoa meringue sandwiches with espresso cream, bourbon cherries and caramel ice cream.
Cafe Saint Ex
1847 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009