I had brunch at Kapnos with my little lady on 8-5-2017. It was a nice meal and very kid friendly. I definitely want to go back for dinner though since I don’t feel like I got to experience everything they have to offer.
Atmosphere: 3 out of 5
Food & Drink: 3 out of 5
This is the view of the bar from the front door. It’s huge and looks like it could definitely be fun at night.
Once you pass through the bar you come upon the open kitchen, which I love. I want to eat dinner at that chef’s counter! Beyond this area is the main dining room.
And in the open kitchen are various meats! I loooove this part. I had lamb, which I assume was cooked here like this, but I want to come back and try them all.
Since it was such a gorgeous day we opted to sit out on the patio. It was around noon and not too crazy, which was nice. Some D.C. brunch spots can have a little too much of a bachelorette party vibe for me.
And now to the good stuff!
Melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant, roasted peppers, walnuts, feta). Oh man was this good! This was definitely the best dish of the meal. The smokiness of eggplant contrasted nicely with the bright flavors of red pepper, lemon, and mint. The walnuts gave it a nice crunch and there was a depth of flavor almost like it was made with wine, which I really liked. It was served with really light, thin, floppy flatbread that Eva loved.
Lamb gyro (tzatziki, romaine, pita). It was nice that this was made with actual pieces of lamb and not a ground lamb/beef patty. While the lamb was nicely crisp it wasn’t really that flavorful. Or maybe it was but it was overwhelmed by the tzatziki, the vinaigrette on the lettuce, and the pickled onions. This was by no means a bad dish but it wasn’t the best gyro I’ve ever had.
Baklava French toast (walnuts, seasonal fruit). This was really good French toast, like some of the best I’ve ever had. The baklava part was funny because it was like strips of crispy phyllo dough placed on top of the toast but that part definitely tasted like baklava.
Overall we had a pleasant brunch out on the patio. I would like to come back for dinner at some point to try all their small plates. This is especially true given that my favorite dish, the melitzanosalata, was the most dinner-type dish we had.