My friend Jamie was leaving DC on an extended assignment for work and we met up for dinner at Ripple in Cleveland Park. It was a cold and rainy day. It was the kind of day where I was wearing the wrong shoes which never bodes well. I was a little grumpy but that all disappeared when I started eating.
The restaurant itself is not exciting. We were sat in the back and it's very dull looking. The food deserved a much better space. I started with the housemade ricotta with baby heirloom carrots, raw honey and black pepper. I have been on kick lately about carrots. They taste like candy to me and it's what I crave everyday. This dish was beautiful and perfectly paired the sweet with the savory.
I was then super excited for the foods the make me think of Spring - ramps and fava beans. The roasted halibut was perfect and flaky. It was served over potatoes and oyster mushrooms. This is my perfect memory of a fish at the moment.
It was really difficult for me to decide on dessert - not to have it but which one. I was in a chocolate mood so I ate the twix mousse pie with chocolate mousse and housemade twix. Jamie had the no bake ricotta cheesecake with rhubarb and almond-oat crust. Happiness.