It had been a while since Alex and I enjoyed a night out at a fancy restaurant. Our 4th anniversary was the perfect excuse! We always trust the Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurant List for recommendations on where to go if we want a delicious dinner for a special occasion. You might laugh at this, but I always do a thorough investigation of many restaurants before making a reservation. I read through the menus, check locations, etc.. I think it’s fun to do, and we don’t get out as much as we used to, so I want to make sure I choose the perfect place. For our anniversary, we chose to spend the evening at Del Campo in Northwest Washington, DC.
Del Campo is a South American Restaurant specializing in steaks and slow roasted meats. Their mouth watering meats are accompanied by beautiful herb sauces; such as chimichurris and salsas. The chef/owner Victor Albisu, really lets his Peruvian roots shine through, not only on the dinner menu, but in the largely South American wine selection as well. Let me show you what Alex and I enjoyed on our wonderful evening at Del Campo.
We started by ordering drinks. Alex went with his pretty standard Margarita and I asked the waiter’s recommendation for a cocktail. He suggested the Basil Mule, so that’s what I got. It’s made of basil infused Titos Vodka, raspberry – passion fruit, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. I love this cocktail and happily sipped on it throughout our meal.
While we looked over the menu, fresh bread was delivered to our table. This bread was delicious and had a charred smoky flavor. It was served with olive oil for dipping. I will never turn down bread!
It’s appetizer time! We ordered the King Crab and Shrimp Empanadas and the Provoleta. The Empanadas were served on a curried squash puree and topped with a peanut cabbage slaw. These were delicious and not to mention beautiful. I loved all the different textures on the plate: the crispy empanada dough, the smooth puree, and the slight crunch of the slaw. All of those components together were the perfect bite.
The Provoleta is seared Provolone cheese that they top with blistered Shishito peppers, charred tomatoes, and country bread. All I want in life is melted cheese and amazing bread to eat it on. Yum! This is the point in the meal when I realized a trend. The wonderful charred flavor the food was having. I was really starting to look forward to entrees we ordered.
Usually when we go out to eat, I have a hard time deciding on what to order for my main course. At Del Campo I knew exactly what I wanted the moment I saw it on the menu. Chorizo Crusted Lamb Rack. Let me say it again…..Chorizo Crusted Lamb Rack. That sounded incredibly intriguing to me and I couldn’t pass it up. I cannot say enough good things about that lamb. (Warning, I am going start rambling). It was cooked to perfection. The chorizo on the outside added so much extra flavor and texture. From the first bite I was in love. I started by trying to be all dainty about eating it…used my fork and knife…tried to get all the meat off…wasn’t working. I thought, there is more meat on this bone and I cannot let it go to waste. So I did it. Right there in the middle of that really nice restaurant. I picked up that rack of lamb and gnawed on it until every last morsel was gone. I looked around and no one seemed to be offended….whew!
Alex ordered the 18oz Prime Dry Aged Ribeye. This Ribeye was a beautiful sight and a huge piece of meat. How Alex ate all 18oz of that thing I will never know. Well, I did have a couple bites. It melted in your mouth like butter and the flavor….geez the flavor of that steak. Incredible. Can you tell I am very excited about the food at Del Campo?
We ordered a few sides to go along with our lamb and steak. Sweet Potato Gratin with goat cheese was really creamy and the goat cheese added a nice tang. Burnt Haricots Verts had a wonderful caramelized flavor and were served with almonds. Alex also ordered the Thick Cut Wood Smoked Bacon, because when there is bacon on the menu, you kind of have to order it. Am I right?
Alex and I had a lovely meal at Del Campo. We have visited a lot of restaurants on the 100 best list and I have to say this may be my favorite one so far. I am still dreaming about that Lamb Rack. I would love to recreate it in my own kitchen. Del Campo isn’t just a place to go have a delicious meal but they also offer cooking classes with the chef/owner, Victor Albisu. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I would love love love to be in one of those classes! (hint, hint, to my husband).
If you are looking for a nice night out, where you are sure to have great food, I would highly recommend Del Campo.
777 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001