Chef Patrick O’Connell unquestionably deserves the three Michelin Stars he received for this timeless establishment. The Inn at Little Washington is an American anomaly, as it is a literal destination and eternally relevant. Dining here is like dining on another planet – the good kind of planet.
It was the 31st of January 2020. Mr. Bhuriwala had secretly planned my birthday dinner at this restaurant – one that I had no idea even existed. “Where the hell are we going?” I wondered while en route to this restaurant in Little Washington, a tiny suburb outside the city. When we arrived, the doorman asked our name and nodded, as if anticipating our arrival. Someone graciously took off our jackets and set them aside before the host escorted us to our seats. When the server appeared, he handed me a customized menu with my name, date and even a birthday wish from the chef. There were two prix fixe menus, and we picked the “Heare & There.” That was only the beginning of the surprises.
We received a series of exquisite dishes one after another. Every item was extraordinary and out of this world, both in look and in taste. Each bite was a brand-new experience for me. It was an exploration of food like none other, incomparable to any other food journey I’d ever been on.
Would you have ever, in your wildest dreams, thought of pairing ice cream and lamb? Yes, you read that right! Despite how it might sound, it was delicious. This experience was not only unique but provided me with some of the best dishes I’ve ever had in my life. Adding on to flavor and style, the server acted as our guide, explaining the ingredients and preparation methods in great detail as we indulged in our fantastic meal. With impeccable service, I received the treatment one could only dream of on their special day. Dining at the Inn at Little Washington was a one-of-a-kind experience matched by none.
The Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle St, Washington, VA 22747