Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Set in a renovated rowhouse in the U Street corridor, Tabaq, which opened in 2005 to some fanfare is another one of the growing list of small dish Mediterranean restaurants. Brunch is served on their rather spectacular glass enclosed rooftop, which has panoramic views of the city.

The brunch menu is fairly small and offers a handful of sandwiches, omelettes, breakfast plates, and a variety of Benedicts. The menu is also notable for having $3.00 bloody marys and mimosas, which makes me wonder at the popularity of Crēme's $15 "Bottomless" bloody mary or mimosa special next door. Tabaq's bloody marys are not fantastic -- they're a little thin -- but at $3.00 are quite a deal.

As for the food, it is hit or miss. The "Tabaq Breakfast," which consists of two eggs, applewood smoked bacon, lamb sausage, feta bell pepper salad, baked tomatoes, and sauteed potatoes, and toast sounds a lot better on the menu than it is. The plating is fairly haphazard with each item placed on a round plate in no particular order. The bacon was smokey and good and the baked tomatoes were fresh; the other items were fairly ordinary. The vegetable sandwich consists of eggplant, zucchini, red and yellow pepper, tomatos, and feta cheese. The bread was the best part; otherwise it was somewhat bland. It comes with a choice of either fries or field greens; the large amount of field greens affords the dish a colorful plating. The waffles were also fairly standard Belgian variety and on the firm side. Since we are in the South, they can also come with fried chicken on top. As for the Benedicts, we tried the vegetarian which substituted ham for braised seasonal vegetables. This was a great dish; the eggs were properly runny and the vegetables had a nice kick to them.

The service and the decor at Tabaq are excellent, which makes for an enjoyable brunch even though the food is not superlative.

Brunch Menu [Tabaq].
Tabaq Bistro: Exclusive Sneak Peak [Metrocurean].
Tabaq Bistro [Gridskipper].

Tabaq Bistro
1336 U St. NW
Washington DC
(202) 265-0965

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MonkeyBoy said...

Just so you know, there are people reading this. It looks like it is shaping up to be a great reference guide..especially since I live smack dab in the middle of the neighborhoods you have decided to cover.
Thanks and keep up the great work!

Brunch DC said...

Thanks. Glad you're enjoying it. If you have any brunch place suggestions feel free to let me know.

mayer said...

Great blog!

We've eaten here a few times, and have found, almost uniformly, that the service is HORRIBLE! Food coming at different times, messing the order up tremendously, and then taking even longer to bring the correct order.

Last time we were there, it took us over 90 minutes to get our order, and there were only 3 of us, and the place was not that crowded.

which is too bad, b/c their french toast is absolutely fantastic.

lady tee said...

I had the same experience mayer did. horrible horrible service.
how does the server not know the difference between freshly squeezed and out of the carton orange juice. he told me it was freshly squeezed--it wasn't. how do i order an omlet with crab and spinach and get a dish without any eggs? how is it possible to mess up every single aspect of my order in one sitting. The manager apologized as I was walking out of the door in disgust (after I personally had to deliver my credit card to the waiter because he never bothered to come back to get it) but didn't even offer to comp a dessert or take something off my bill for their complete incompetence. The view was absolutely gorgeous but i will never go back!

have you ever considered having guest writers continue your blog now that you are studying hard in law school?