On a busy Friday evening we were handed menus printed on copper clipboards and escorted to our seats at Bateau, a French steak house in Capitol Hill. It was a foggy night and a candle rested between us.
We ordered a dark leafy green kale salad, two eight-ounce steaks dressed with bone marrow butter, crispy frites and two glasses of French wine.
The waiter helped us make our selection by asking us if we preferred filet mignon, strip or ribeye. The answer helped him select our steak, cuts that were grass fed and dry aged in-house.
Behind me rested a large chalk board which listed different cuts of beef. Once a cut was no longer available, the water would cross it off. The menu changes daily.
The steak, served medium rare was incredible. There is a also a 5-course tasting menu for $85 per person with optional drink pairing.
We were served complimentary amuse-bouche and chocolate macaroons.
Bateau is a beautiful restaurant with a long, light filled interior. The decor is minimal with overhanging caged lights and two to four table setups with a bar in the far corner. The owner collects and serves dinner on antique plates.