The Pembroke in Dupont is effortlessly charming. The open and bright space is filled with natural light, illuminating its glittering light fixtures and decorative accents. The restaurant recently hosted a group of food critics for brunch, where we were greeted by mimosa flights.
These mimosa flights were next level. Moët Chandon Champagne was served with a side of three puréed fruits; strawberry, mango and orange. You can opt to stick with one flavor or combine all three. Regardless, the tastes were exceptionally fresh.
To start, we noshed on fresh-baked pastries. Adjacent to The Pembroke sits a cafe that serves the same lineup and morning brew. If you happen to stay at The DuPont Circle Hotel where The Pembroke is located, skip the well-known coffee shops nearby and go for the in-house delights instead.
Our group was served an impressive lineup of appetizers. My favorite was the burrata with prosciutto di Parma, saba, baguette, and pear mostarda. A delicious mix of savory and sweet in one, the cheese was creamy without being exceptionally runny. The addition of the smoked prosciutto was absolutely unreal. Sweetness from the pear mostarda and balsamic glaze combined for a surprise sauce that expertly tied each ingredient together.
In addition to burrata, I sampled every millennial’s favorite: avocado tartine with tomato, onion, and cilantro. Beautifully presented, the avocado was bright, bountiful, and bursting with seasoning. My only wish was to have the tomatoes and onions lightly sautéed to add another depth of flavor.
For the main event, I selected the pappardelle. Thick, hearty portions of mushroom and truffle butter rested comfortably on top of house-made pasta. The pasta’s bite was spot on, and the mushrooms were so nicely cooked that it almost tasted meaty. The perfectly poached egg merged with the truffle butter to produce a salty jus.
One of the most aesthetically pleasing restaurants in D.C., The Pembroke could not have been any more lovely.
THE BITCHES SAY: FIVE CHAMPAGNE FLUTES
The Pembroke is lively, the plates are creative, and the cocktails are nothing short of perfection.
The Pembroke serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.