Excellent supper at Lavandou (Cleveland Park)
We've been going to Lavandou occasionally for many years, and this was the best food we've ever had there, on a crowded Friday night, to boot. The sole negative point was a "risotto" made with inappropriate long-grain rice, rather than carnaroli, vialone nano, or arborio, but it was still tasty, if disappointing. The pate campagne was excellent, and the cheeses, in particular, were well selected and served at the correct room temperature.
I usually have a love/hate relationship with this place, but in the last year or so it has been mostly love. I like the hanger steak with frites and my husband usually gets the monkfish with eggplant. The owner is a really charming woman. We usually have the same young, tall waiter and he is very kind and friendly as well.