1905 Bistro, U Street Corridor, DC

1905 Bistro, U Street

During our DC visit last October, our dinner at 1905 Bistro was the nicest meal of the trip. The small space could easily feel dark and dingy, but it was tastefully decorated and has a nice date night feel. As it got more crowded later in the evening, the atmosphere was more hip and lively. On top of that, the decor looked better with dim lighting.

Bistro-style comfort foods seems to be the best way to describe 1905’s menu. They take comfort food favorites, such as hush puppies and shrimp and grits, and give them more upscale, bistro twist. There were some good options for vegetarians too.

Grilled Green Tomatoes, 1905 Bistro

I went back and forth between the wild mushroom toast and grilled green tomatoes, before settling on the tomatoes ($8). Nice grill on the tomatoes, topped with wild cress, smoked almonds, pickled chilis, sprouts, and creme fraiche. Nicely presented and tasty with the bubbly I was sipping. Does it really need that much creme fraiche?! I barely had half of that creme fraiche with my tomatoes.

Brussels Sprouts, 1905 Bistro

John decided to pass on the appetizers and entrees and just opt for a couple sides. The sauteed brussels sprouts with peanuts ($5) were pretty good. He also got the fries with green tabasco mayo ($5). At a lot of restaurants, ordering sides is a good way to go. The booze here were a good deal too, or maybe I’ve just gotten so used to NYC prices, heh.

Frites with Green Tabasco Mayo, 1905 Bistro

Cauliflower “steak” has been popping up on menus all over, and I was excited to finally try this dish! At 1905, the roasted cauliflower ($16) is served with quinoa, almond crunch, maple-sherry vinegar, and pickled raisins. The combination of flavors were very good, but my main issue with this dish was the thickness of the cauliflower steak. It was cooked through, but a thinner steak would have a better balance of the contrasting interior/exterior textures.

Roasted Cauliflower Steak, 1905 Bistro



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  • Reply
    annie lee
    February 5, 2016 at 5:32 am

    omg your header design is so so cute!! i love it! and that cauliflower “steak” looks hella bombbbb <3

    • Reply
      February 10, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks so much Annie! Yah, I loooooove cauliflower steak. :D

  • Reply
    Mitzie Mee
    February 5, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Roasted cauliflower is so delicious. I used to hate it when I was a kid, but for the last couple of years, I’ve been a cauliflower monster. I usually eat cauliflower gratin, and I’ve never tried pairing it with anything sweet such as the maple syrup your steak came with. Washington really seems to have a lot of nice and affordable restaurants.

    • Reply
      February 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Mmm, cauliflower gratin sounds delicious! I also love roasted cauliflower and mashed cauliflower. It needs to be well seasoned!

      The restaurants in DC were very affordable, but flavor wise, some of them were a bit of a miss. There are plenty of places all over though!

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