Posts Tagged ‘Hook restaurant


Does Hook leave a sweet taste in your mouth?

Hook’s pastry chef has garnered considerable acclaim for her creative concoctions. Her lingonberry tart is often cited as one of the best desserts in DC. So expectations were high as we headed into our dessert course. (Please excuse the crappy photos, which don’t do the artistry of these desserts justice.)

Mr. X-sXe had the chocolate torte, which was closer to a slab of fudge than a cake. It was accompanied by caramel sauce and cumin ice cream.

The torte ate like a chocolate truffle. We found it pretty rich–I couldn’t do more than a bite, despite my sweet tooth. The cumin ice cream confused us at first. It tasted alien, yet familiar. (I’d preordered this dessert for Mr X-sXe’s bday and didn’t know it came with cumin ice cream, so we weren’t sure what we were eating until we asked the waiter.) Its lightness balanced out the richness of the torte, complementing the chocolate surprisingly well.

My dessert was called “A Study in Circles.” Love the concept and presentation. Didn’t love eating it. I was bored by the too-subtle, uninspired chocolate mousse. Even the chocolate-coated crispies on top couldn’t save it. The chocolate circles and truffle were fine, but I wanted to be more excited about eating the dessert than looking at it.


Best DC desserts from Washingtonian magazine

Here are the results from their January 2010 issue, based on diners’ report cards.

  • Hazelnut souffle w/ orange granite and orange-ginger sorbet, Adour
  • Deconstructed carrot cake, Tosca
  • Chocolate tart w/ caramelized banana, Corduroy
  • Cider doughnuts, 1789
  • Chocolate-coconut candy bar, Bourbon Steak
  • Chocolate cream w/ hazelnut sherbet and cocoa nibs, Trummer’s on Main
  • Zeppole w/ zabaglione, Assaggi
  • Salted profiteroles, Vermilion
  • Warm chocolate cake, J&G Steakhouse
  • Trio of creme brulees, Charlie Palmer Steak
  • Crepe souffle, BLT Steak
  • Lemon chess pie, Vidalia*
  • Blueberry crumble, Source
  • Key lime pie, Ray’s the Classics*
  • Vanilla ice cream, 2 Amys
  • Apple Tarte Tatin, Restaurant Eve
  • Lingonberry linzer torte, Hook
  • Napoleon, Citronelle

Lingonberry linzer torte, Hook

*Pitifully, these are the only ones from the list that I’ve tried. I didn’t enjoy the lemon chess pie at Vidalia. My friends and I split it–we all had a bite and were like, meh. But the key lime pie at Ray’s is darn good. It’s got a homemade graham crust that stays crispy. I intended to save half of my slice for Mr X-sXe, but then thought better of it and gobbled the whole thing.