It’s a rare occurrence when a number of us Bitches are in town and available at the same time. On one such miraculous Saturday, four of us were in town and down to brunch. So naturally, we headed to The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown for a complimentary patio brunch in The Yard.
We absolutely adored the space. Who wouldn’t love dining al fresco in an enchanted garden with plenty of pineapple cocktail shakers? Make sure you check the forecast before brunching here and dress accordingly, as we were melting by the end of our meal due to the scorching sun. Thank goodness for the strategically placed umbrellas and trees. We also enjoyed the whimsically placed garden gnomes scattered throughout the space–only The Ritz-Carlton could make gnomes not tacky.
We obviously started with boozy beverages. We got a round of mimosas which were light and went down easy. Cori Sue ordered a build-your-own Bloody Mary–only after she was assured she didn’t have to physically make it herself. It was spicy and packed a lot of flavor. While she normally can’t finish a Bloody, this one went down easily. She also loved the garnishes.
Annie took charge and ordered our first courses as the rest of us were too busy Instagramming our drinks. Brunch is $45 for a starter and an entree. We ordered the shrimp lettuce wraps, tomato toast, prosciutto-wrapped melon, and crab mac’ and cheese. The prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe was pretty, fresh, and flavorful. We all enjoyed this dish, minus our strong willed vegetarian, Shruti.
The crab mac and cheese was very tasty and well executed. It had the the perfect ratio of crab to mac to cheese. To be honest, it was way too hot outside for us to enjoy this dish so we only took a couple bites. Keep in mind that this was a big serving and was perfect to share.
Shruti was eyeing the tomato toast, a nice change from the usual avocado toast. She thought it was impeccably flavorful as it was topped with fresh herbs, roasted garlic and goat cheese. The toast was tasty and rather generous as it came with four pieces. Shruti especially liked that it wasn’t soggy and just crispy enough.
The shrimp lettuce wraps came as a build your own wrap. They were a light and refreshing appetizer. They were packed with Mexican flavors. Shrimp wraps could go one way or the other: boring, or spectacular, and we’re pleased to report these were spectacular.
Now, on to entrees. As a major rule of brunching is that no Bitches shall order the same thing, we had to be strategic with our orders. I won the ordering game and got to devour the s’mores French toast. It was sweet and delicious. This would be great for dessert or for sharing. I was starving and I could only could eat a couple bites before feeling satiated. Good thing I was dining with friends kind enough to help me out.
The watermelon and burrata was one of our favorite dishes of the day. It was very refreshing. The burrata was incredible and paired perfectly with the fresh watermelon. The crispy capers, Balsamic dressing, and watercress complemented one another—adding a mix of cheese, sweet moist watermelon, and crisp greens. This is the perfect dish to order this summer.
Orange créme pancakes shortly arrived for Shruti. The fluffy stacks were prepared to her liking and had the perfect level of sweetness along with tartness from the orange ricotta filling. The housemade curd atop the pancakes was equally pleasing alongside her coffee.
Shruti and Annie also split a flatbread with pesto with pickled onions and sunflower sprouts. The chef generously accommodated Shruti’s dietary restrictions being a vegetarian and only added the confit chicken to Annie’s half. The flatbread was cooked well and did not lack flavor.
Our resident carnivore, Cori Sue, loved her brunch burger. The patty was good, though not incredible, and cooked medium rare to her liking. It was topped with a perfect fried egg and the brioche, buttered bun was hot, moist and toasted. Can’t beat that.
The S’mores French toast was like nothing we’ve ever sampled: chocolate brioche bread, with marshmallow sandwiched between and strawberries. It tasted even better than it looks.
Bitches never skip dessert–so we ordered three. The shortbread cookies were drizzled with chocolate and salted caramel. I love shortbread so these cookies were top notch in my book. I would definitely order them again.
Strawberry shortcake biscuit was crumbly and sweet. The green tea and white chocolate mousse was unique but could have used a stronger flavor. You could barely taste the green tea so we ended up dipping our shortbread cookies into it.
The Bitches say: A+. Our meals were delicious and everything tasted fresh and of the highest quality. Everything from the space to the service was amazing. The attention to detail makes everything better here.
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
3100 South Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007