Palace by the Potomac…
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Palace by the Potomac…
The inimitable and intrepid Travelling Gourmet jets on Singapore Airlines to the city of wheeling & dealing, political Power and spooks, and stays in the…
MANDARIN Oriental Washington DC…
I was very impressed with the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Washington DC, and its very good location within walking distance of the Washington Monument and many other famous sights. Where I stayed, I enjoyed stunning and spectacular views of the Washington Marina, the Potomac River, Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial as well as the splendid skyline of the capital. Two sleek boats in the Marina caught my eye and their names were inspiring. One was named “Patriot II” and the other “Freedom”. To be precise, the body of water is the Washington Channel which feeds in to the mighty Potomac River.
The large ergonomically designed bathroom has a separate and spacious shower as well as a bath tub. Really well designed and equipped with premium amenities. I loved soaking in the big triangular bathtub with a view of the Jefferson Memorial…a glass of Bollinger Grande Cuvee 1992 to hand. The cuddly fluffy pillows and firm mattress of the big bed made me sleep like a happy baby. Throughout this palatial hotel are intriguing and expensive Asian objets d’art. When I checked in…I admired two Oriental silk jackets on display behind the counter. A clear glass teapot on a heater was filled with fragrant Jing Silver Needle Jasmine Tea, and the pretty lady at Reception kindly offered me a cup to welcome me. A very nice gesture which I appreciated very much. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
The lobby’s charming & colourful centrepiece is an exotic floral display.
MUZE for yummie food!
I savoured very eclectic cuisine and gastronomic delights in Muze by cheerful and knowledgeable Chef Adam Tanner. Modern American cuisine with Thai and Asian influences is the order of the day in this restaurant. Chef Adam’s wife hails from Thailand, the Land of Smiles, and he loves Asian cuisine! I wonder why…:-)
The Sashimi of Tuna and Salmon is really good and comes in chunky 6mm thick slices! Maine Lobster XO with Shitake Mushrooms is a real winner when it comes to gourmet food! Ich liebe es sehr! (I love it very much in German). Sticky Dan Dan Noodles is an authentic interpretation of the classic Beijing dish. You do not have to be Asian to cook good Asian cuisine if you are a very good Chef! Enjoying cosmopolitan epicurean delights here is “de rigeur”. While feasting, keep your eyes peeled…and you may just see some VVIPs that frequently appear on the world stage. …Yes, here is where the elite, rich and powerful Congressmen, Power Brokers, Senators, spooks, foreign Presidents and their paramours, or shall we say “personal assistants” come for power breakfasts, lunches and dinners…They discuss crucial and important deals over good food and fine wines. My lips are sealed when it comes to naming the VVIPs that like to come here. I am nothing if not discreet. Discretion is my middle name…
For something unusual, I recommend the mouthwatering hors d’oeuvre called the the Tropical Roll.It is a Sushi Roll with crispy Soft Shell Crab! Only available in season. A very pleasing contemporary American interpretation of a classic Japanese dish! I matched it with clean and crisp Eroica 2014 Reisling that had very good acidity and balance. Rieslings, especially German and Alsacienne Rieslings like Hugel always go well with seafood. Alas, my pal Etienne Hugel has gone to the great winery in the sky…but Trimbach has replaced him more or less…Trimbach Rieslings are pretty good too…
Captivating crispy CRAB! Super yummie! Marries very well with a good Riesling!
In marvellous MUZE, the discerning gourmet can savor authentic Asian dishes as well as new wave Modern American cuisine made from the freshest A1 ingredients.
They also have Wine tasting with captivating Canapes regularly…I love cooking with wine…sometimes I even put it in the food 🙂
From L to R, effervescebt Emmie Lancaster, Director of Communications, Executive Chef Adam Tanner and The Travelling Gourmet TM
SAS = Swim & Spa!
My Breitling Titanium watch woke me up at 07:00. I love Breitling and I love Titanium. Titanium is 600 times stronger than steel…I brushed my teeth carefully, and then it was off to the high tech Gym and then the pool! I adored swimming in the spotlessly clean rectangular lap pool everyday although the water temperature was a little chilly. At 50 feet long you can swim laps and burn lots of Calories after enjoying delicious gourmet meals here. Never mind if the water is a bit chilly because when the water is cold, your body burns more Calories to maintain your body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. That is good. The water caresses your body as you glide through it. The high tech Gym is very nice too! As The Travelling Gourmet TM I work out daily. I have to after tasting all the food and wines! The tranquil and mystical Spa is also not to be missed. You can feel completely re-energised and de-stressed after having some treatments here including massages and facials by beautiful ladies for other ladies…
Chill Out Club Lounge
In the evening, the views of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial are spectacular. They shimmer and glimmer in the moonlight like the incredible icons that they are. Washington DC is a very magnificent city and very well planned by t he French architect, Pierre L’Enfant so many decades ago.. The exclusive Lounge on level 8 was very welcoming for breakfast plus tea & coffee throughout the day. Cookies and tempting snacks too are on offer. In the early evening, captivating canapes and Cocktails whet your appetite before you go for your gourmet dinner…Be careful NOT to overindulge lest your tummy has no room for dinner! Opulent and chic furnishings in the best possible taste…make you feel pampered and happy. You feel like you are in a posh exclusive gentlemen’s club in the Hamptons when you are here. From the balcony you get the best panoramic photos and stunning views of the Washington Monument!
Another big bonus of staying in the Mandarin Oriental is that it is only 15 minutes to Reagan National Airport or DCA. This made taking my flights a breeze! Excellent for quick business trips.
Staying here made me think of one of my favorite songs popularized by Tina Turner, and interpreted with vim & vitality by Celine Dion sporting Christian Louboutin stilettos…much like Chef Adam’s masterful interpretation of Asian cuisine!
Das Leben es ist unbestimmt, isst erst den Nachtisch!
Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
1330 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington DC 20024
Tel: +1 (202) 554 8588
BREAKING NEWS! EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENTS at Mandarin Oriental Washington DC USA! Be there or be square! Wahahah! 🙂
Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. Launches “A Taste of Southwest D.C.”
To Celebrate District Wharf Opening
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2017 – Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. has launched A Taste of Southwest D.C. package providing guests the opportunity to experience Washington D.C.’s highly anticipated District Wharf. Located within walking distance of the hotel along the Southwest waterfront, the District Wharf provides guests with an assortment of dining options from nationally renowned chefs and local favorites, water activities, nightlife, live entertainment, and shopping.
Following a USD 20 million-dollar guestroom renovation, guests will enjoy newly refreshed accommodations, conveniently located across from the District Wharf with stunning and superb views of the waterfront and nearby historic monuments.
As a bonus, you can SAS – Savor & Sample the best that Southwest D.C has to offer with a USD 50 dining credit to use at Muze, an ‘East West Kitchen’ concept that features only the finest mostly sustainable local produce combined with distinctive and delightful flavors of South East Asia. The dining credit can also be applied towards savory bites and blow your mind hand-crafted cocktails in Empress Lounge.
The culinary adventure continues with an additional USD 50 gift card to award-winning restaurateur Mike Isabella’s REQUIN, a contemporary interpretation of classic French cuisine, positioned along the waterfront at the District Wharf. Incidentally, Requin means “Shark” when translated from the French…
Hence this song, one my favorites which I like to sing in Hochdeutsch (German). It came originally from the iconic and celebrated German Opera ”Die Dreigroschenoper”…
A Taste of Southwest D.C. package is available for booking with check-in starting October 20, 2017 and includes:
- Two nights’ accommodation
- USD 50 dining credit for use at hotel, once per stay
- USD 50 gift card for Requin
- Complimentary valet parking
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Guaranteed upgrade to a Water View guestroom
Rates for this package start at USD 295, based on double occupancy and a minimum two-night stay.
Requin for modern French cuisine…
An upscale contemporary French concept from award-winning restaurateur Mike Isabella, Requin offers a modern interpretation of classic French cuisine. Executive chef Michael Rafidi, who also helms the kitchen at Isabella’s lauded Spanish and Moroccan restaurant Arroz, has designed a menu that creatively reworks traditional French dishes with fresh techniques, flavor profiles and presentations. A robust wine and champagne selection matches the upscale menu. Located in District Square as the only free-standing restaurant, Requin offers SAS – sweeping and splendid views of the waterfront, with patio seating available during the warmer months in spring and summer…