1753 Pinnacle Drive
McLean, VA 22102
Mediterranean Fusion | $$$
In April we decided to celebrate our anniversary at Panache in Tysons Corner. We have eaten here before and were very happy with our meal. We arrived for our 5pm reservation and were happy to see they were not busy. We try to eat as early as possible before restaurants fill up and the noise level makes it hard to talk. Service was excellent as you would expect in a better restaurant. Located in a Tysons Corner office building, the large ground floor windows provide ample light to see your menu. A nice change from many restaurants that prefer the dungeon lighting scheme to hide their prices.
We started with a sautéed black olives on a small piece of bread appetizer. In the center under the black olives was a small amount of humus. We had a nice light bread with a herb, mayo, and butter spread.
My wife had a beautiful small filet on a bed of mushroom risotto. The risotto had a nice light mushroom taste that was not soupy. She also got a side of sautéed spinach and garlic that had just the right amount of garlic and was not overpowering.
My steak was cooked perfectly with a wonderful peppercorn sauce. I thought the small bits of onion in the sauce were a nice touch. The wild mushrooms were sautéed ever so lightly, a change from the usual dark fully sautéed mushrooms you get in many restaurants. The roasted potatoes were very good and lightly dusted with a little garlic.
I often choose Crème brûlée for my dessert. Mine came with diced strawberries on top of a perfect hard caramel layer covering the rich custard. The custard was a little on the sweeter side which is fine with me. For some, the sweeter custard with the powder sugar toping may be a bit much.
My wife opted for a nice small cheesecake with blueberries.
Chef Giovanni Carlos came by our table to make sure everything was to our liking. We certainly enjoyed our dinner and will be back soon.