Review: Urbana (Dupont)
Took a trip down urbana way. Atmosphere is nice. The menu itself was surprisingly and (good) original. Trouble begins with the food. Bread looked good but had no distinctive flavor, nor anything but butter with it.
'French' Onion Soup had a puff pastry cover as its gimmick, but the pastry tasted brunt and hard, perhaps from being overcooked. It's the cheese, not the bread, that is supposed to be broiled. "Greens" organic Salad looked healthy but had no oil in its dressing, nor any vinegar; instead it was just salty. Inedible, I sent it back.
Pizza Fungi was ok -- fresh mozzarella, banana peppers, both great ideas as they are, nonetheless couldn't change the extremely bland pizza. The sauce itself was probably the weakness -- tasted 'ragu' like and unfresh.
Desserts were extremely sweet chocolate chip cookies. Coffee was 50's road cafe style, drip machined, strong, mediocre.
Overall, not sure why Urbana has such a gourmet reputation. The service, though, was quick and polite.