So we officially have a new favorite restaurant in DC. It’s called Iron Gate, and Anthony Chittum, the chef there is the Dumbledore of the culinary world. Prior to our lunch date, we’d never even heard of them, but it’s now our go-to. If you live in the area and haven’t tried their food yet, go – like, drop what you’re doing right now and drive over STAT. Their grub is straight up magical, and we’re not messing around when we say they got EVERYTHING going on – presentation, ambiance, decor, taste = all 10s.
Let’s jump right into the food! We started with a smoked cod bruschetta, and it came with horseradish mascarpone, dill, and winter radish. It complemented our drinks beautifully, which was a serious plus. The two-mini cocktails pictured below are called the Athens to La Paz, Nonstop. One has Zitsa Debina Tsipouro, maraschino, creme de violette, and lemon, while the other has Rujero Singani in addition to the other aforementioned ingredients.
Next up: a whole wheat flatbread with pea tendril pesto, sundried tomato, and almond.
Anddddd their Pikilia platter, which was, hands down, the best platter we’ve ever gotten at a restaurant! It came with SO many noms: marinated olives, house made mortadella, pecorino foglie de noce, fennel seed crackers, parsley-marcona almond salad, lamb keftedes with yogurt sauce, dill turnip pickles, almond crusted kefalograviera cheese, and spicy carrot pickles.
Then came the crispy wild oysters with celery-apple salad and hackleback caviar. They came on a bed of beautiful stones, and the celery-apple salad provided a wonderful crunch, which we loved.
While we waited for more of our food to come, we munched on these chili roasted pistachios. Tossed in lemon, local honey, and sea salt, these nuts were jam-packed with flavor. If you’re looking for a light snack to enjoy while having cocktails for happy hour, we highly recommend these.
Now, onto our favorite dish of the day: the savory gyro bombolono with shaved pork + killer yogurt sauce. These were just straight up ridiculous! The bread was soft and chewy, the filling was to-die-for delicious, and the yogurt sauce elevated everything. Our photos seriously don’t do them justice! Trust us, and get this dish (or 3) – we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll love them.
No meal would be complete without dessert. After our phenom lunch, Iron Gate’s pastry chef sent out two dishes for us to try: a lemon tart with meringue 2 ways (above), candied almonds, and cardamom gelato + orange blossom loukoumades aka dough puffs that are deep-fried and drizzled with honey (below).
A truly delicious meal! We’ve dined at some pretty bamf places, and Iron Gate is (without a doubt) the best of the best. Make sure you guys check out their new midday menu! Prices are SURPRISINGLY low for both food + drink so take advantage – maybe you’ll see us there stuffing our faces.