Another Saturday, another fabulous brunch. This past weekend, we checked out Art and Soul, a chic restaurant with a contemporary design and Southern-inspired cuisine. Located in the Liaison Hotel in Capitol Hill, the restaurant has a modern layout— sleek, polished wooden tables are accented by unique lighting fixtures, touches of red and black, and oil portraits of iconic leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill, and Gandhi.
Our server was very polite and paid great attention to detail—exactly where and how he placed the silverware, coffee, etc. As a result of such attentiveness, he was also very slow. The atmosphere was pleasant and quiet—but I could see it becoming lively on a Friday night.
They start off with complimentary cinnamon bread, which was to die for. For our entrees, we sampled a variety of options off the menu. I had the Salmon Hoe Cake ($12): cornmeal flatbread topped with house-cured salmon, dill crème fraiche, and caper berries. The salmon was the brightest red I’ve ever seen—it was fresh, and rather fishy. So, if you don’t like fishy salmon, stay away.
The best dish on the table was the veggie pie ($14): fresh veggies and goat cheese in a quiche-like creation with a side of mixed greens. It was phenomenal.
Last, but not least, was the traditional Farmer’s Breakfast ($19): two eggs, skillet potatoes, choice of meat, choice of toast, juice and coffee or tea. The potatoes and chicken apple sausage were a hit, and the fresh squeezed orange juice was lovely.
The bitches say: A-, for a lovely ambiance, good food, and slow but attentive service.
Art and Soul
415 New Jersey Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001