One of the best things about being a Bitch is getting to connect with other female entrepreneurs. There are women in Washington building amazing companies across industries, from tech to service to media. I caught up with two such women: a Brazilian-Argentine duo, Andrea and Claudia, recently for brunch.
Andrea and Claudia own the nailsaloon, which has quickly become my new haven. Located around the corner on 14th and P, the high-end nail salon is a stunning space that provides incredible service and complimentary cocktails. (Coffee, tea, water, wine, champagne and a Cosmopolish cocktail, more specifically.) If the beautiful space and complimentary beverages weren’t enough to make me a fan, the nailsaloon also uses five-free polishes, which are free of toxins.
As I frequent the nailsaloon, I’ve become fast friends with the duo, who are almost always there—as is necessary when you’re starting a new business. We decided to catch up outside of the ‘saloon and naturally chose to do so over brunch.
I chose Bistro du Coin, as I’ve long loved the Dupont staple for casual, quality dinners.
Our meal began with French bread and cold butter, as is the tradition. We all wished the butter and bread had been served warm. We all ordered several rounds of coffee, which was above average but nothing memorable. I ordered a mimosa, which was fresh, light, and frothy. There’s no bottomless option offered, but mimosas are priced affordably at just under $7.
We chatted for quite some time, and eventually looked at the menus. For our entrees, Claudia and I both ordered Eggs Benedicts. She ordered the salmon Benedict, but received the traditional instead. She reports that her eggs were perfectly cooked and the Hollandaise sauce was rich and tasty. “Overall, it was a solid dish, but nothing out of the ordinary,” she said.
Meanwhile, I was less impressed by my Benedict, which was a crab cake over an English muffin, with Hollandaise and poached eggs. I prefer my eggs poached more solidly, and these broke with an accidental nick from my fork, making the plate a runny, mushy mess of crab, egg, and Hollandaise. The flavors and quality were there—I enjoyed the Hollandaise and the crab—but I would have preferred the dish to remain intact.
I was disappointed by the lack of variety on the brunch menu—there are a half a dozen omelet options, and a half a dozen Benedict options. No steak and eggs, no crepes, no real options if you don’t want your eggs poached or made in an omelet.
Though tempted by the Benedicts, Andrea selected the most unique dish on the menu: an egg encased in a puff pastry. The eggs were moist and scrambled, with small diced tomatoes, asparagus, and mushrooms, and topped with chives. The puff pastry, which was kind of like a mille feuille pouch, was flaky and buttery, and the eggs were just right—not runny or dry. The flavor was just right, as it did not taste overwhelmingly of cheese or asparagus.
All of our dishes were served with a small side of mixed greens and a helping of French fries. The fries were outstanding, crispy on the outside, smooth on the inside, and perfectly salted. The greens were a bit wilted—and Andrea felt the dressing lacked flavor.
As this was a splurge meal, we concluded our brunch with the French toast, which was phenomenal. The French toast was served in the traditional style: triangular styles of white bread. However, the bread was crispy on the ouside, moist on the inside, with a prominent cinnamon flavor. It was served with a bowl of sweet whipped cream and fresh berries, which made the dish. The cream slathered nicely across the toast, which you could then cover with Maple syrup to engineer the maximum bliss point.
All in all, the best parts of brunch at Bistro du Coin are the bread and the French fries, both of which are available at all meals.
The Bitches say: B-. A respectable spot for brunch, but we’d expect more from one of our favorite French locales.
Bistro du Coin
1738 Connecticut Ave N.W.
Bistro du Coin serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.