Counter Intelligence

Pair Up

Posted in District of Columbia by melissamccart on March 27, 2009

inoxIn this week’s Best of DC, Tim Carman nominates INOX as the area’s best new restaurant. You’d think with two head chefs in the kitchen– Jon Mathieson and Jonathan Krinn– and another– John Wabeck– in the role of sommelier, there’d be some serious clashing. But if the food is any indication, it seems to be a harmonious marriage so far.

INOX is among my favorites already. I’ve already gone twice for lunch and once for dinner and they’ve only been open just over a month.  Rissa Pagsibigan in the front of the house is an additional delight.

A lunch and dinner fave for Carman is the butter poached lobster with red wine-braised short rib ravioli and melted leeks, which Wabeck paired with a 2006 Bourgone Blanc, Albert Grivault. As much as I loved it, the most memorable dish and pairing is pan seared red snapper with kohlrabi, winter radish, okra and ginger-lemongrass bouillon. I loved the crispy snapper skin and a super fragrant broth. Wabeck paired with an Italian Gewurztraminer, the 2007 Casata Monfort, which was less cloying and not as big as others I’ve had recently.

If INOX is so terrific after a month, I’m looking forward to visiting six months or a year from now.


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