(I got this picture from the Washington Post review.)
Locolat is a modern-looking Belgian cafe in Adams Morgan. It’s been there for 4 years and is owned by a Belgian chef, who came up with all the recipes. A sous chef named Pistachio (best name ever!) does a lot of the cooking. All the food is made there. It’s another blogger-respecting establishment: my server, Gabriel, told me about the history of the place and recommended food for me.
It was hard to pick: Locolat offers a long list of sandwiches, sodas (specializing in a brand called Fentiman’s Botanically Brewed Beverages), and innumerable candies like strawberry lemon caramel, lime chocolate, and raspberry dark chocolate. They have a long list of Belgian beer and wine.
I got a Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade soda first, featuring rose oil and ginger. I mostly tasted the ginger, and some of the pear juice concentrate. Not to it’s discredit: rosewater is such a light flavor that it would be overpowered by pretty much anything. The soda was sweetened with cane sugar; it has an honorable lack of high fructose corn syrup. My green tea and chocolate candy had a green tea filling that tasted kind of like green tea, but a lot like that green tea proxy flavor that’s coming into vogue with the proliferation of green tea ice cream. The mixture of that with dark chocolate was delicious. The rest of the chocolates look equally so.
For my main course I got the Passendale cheese panini. Passendale cheese is a mild Belgian cheese that’s a bit crumbly when raw but congeals when cooked. All of the paninis come on sourdough bread with a house dressing. (They were going to tell me the house dressing before I said I had a blog, but they okayed my assertion that there is mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar in it.) There’s also arugula lettuce. The panini was smaller and more precise than I would have liked, especially for 8 bucks.
For dessert I ordered a small fruit tart that had managed to fit a raspberry, a blackberry, a strawberry, blueberries, and a kiwi slice on top. It had a cream filling and was pretty good. Overall, Locolat is good as a dessert cafe, which is pretty much how they advertise themselves. If it’s warm, sit outside. You’ll get a great view of the neighborhood.
My Rating: 7
Recommended Dish: Belgian chocolates
Atmosphere: Trendy cafe, not overly arty. You can sit inside or outside.
Price Range: $10-$25 without wine or beer
1781 Florida Ave, NW
Washington DC 20009