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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Scion restaurant reviewed

For this month’s Bon Appétit dinner, I chose Scion restaurant, as it seemed like a casual, comfortable, and relatively affordable place with a variety of choices on the menu. True to my guess, it was all of the above and has great service too.


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Scion has a comfortable and casual atmosphere, with a jeans-clad wait staff and walls decorated with classic scenes of the D.C. cityscape. One downside of the evening was a rowdy, school-chanting, gaggle of UVA girls who believed themselves to still be in Charlottesville. But after discovering that they were a bachelorette party, we let them continue with their drunken ballads.

I had the stuffed shrimp, which I loved, and so did my friend Tameka (who always tries my food- probably because I have such good taste).

Donita and Fatema had the pumpkin goat cheese ravioli and reported that while it was it was “missing something.” Tameka had the jumbo lump crab cakes and she liked them. She liked my stuffed shrimp better, she said. Andrea had the spicy yogurt chicken, which she thought was good, aside from the supposed-to-be-grilled-red-tomato that was not quite ripe.

Debra had the filet au poivre, and scored it a 4/5 even though it had to be returned to he kitchen so it could be thoroghly cooked to her liking. This must be a cook’s nightmare - to sizzle a steak to a well-done state. It would be nice, for once, if one of our Bon Appetit restaurant cooks would believe her when she asks for “well-done” and truly cook the pink out a steak so she could eat with the rest of us instead of waiting for the chef to indulge her request. Carolyn had the herb marinated salmon and she said it was “well-seasoned,” as well as those who tried it.

The ladies of Bon Apétit all agreed that the broccoli was divine. We all raved about how it was deliciously seasoned and lightly grilled. At the end of the meal, there was not spear of broccoli left on the table. However, Andrea’s tomato survived the hungry ladies and remained on the table, looking unloved and uneaten. We also all agreed that our server Katie was very sweet, honest, and helpful. She made our experience wonderful. The seven of us can be a pretty demanding crew, and she kept up with us all!

For dessert, four of us had the chocolate lava cake which we all thoroughly enjoyed! It was served hot with fresh whipped cream melting on the side. One of my happiest dinnertime moments is when coffee is served in time for the dessert - not after (oh so un-European of me) so I can enjoy them together. Katie came through for me again and the coffee arrived right on cue.

Some of us were kind of bummed that the Prix Fixe menu we saw on Scion’s Web site was only available for parties of 12 or more. We figured that if the gratuity is included on a check for parties over six, then perhaps the benefit of the Prix Fixe menu should be available to parties over six as well.

Overall, I would recommend Scion for a casual dinner. Ask for Katie and tell them the ladies of Bon Appétit sent you.

Here are the ladies ratings:

Name

Ambiance

Service

Food

Debra

5

3.5

4

Andrea

4

4

4.5

Debra

4

4

5

Fatema

4

4

5

Carolyn

3.5

4

4

Tameka

3.5

3.5

4

Darcy

3.5

4

5

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