Following 4 hours at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (read more here), we were mentally and emotionally overwhelmed. After taking some time to unwind, we headed back to the city for dinner. We started the night with drinks at Sotto, a speakeasy bar with live music. Yes, live! I love live music, especially jazz, and we walked in right as the saxophonist performed a solo. We had such a great time and look forward to returning soon.
After a couple drinks, we crossed the street over to Le Diplomate. Matt has been hyping this place up so I was very excited to try it out. I think I fell in love the moment we walked inside. It possessed that brasserie charm I didn’t even realized I missed from Lyon. The decor was relaxed, yet beautiful and our table was perfectly tucked into a corner by the window. From where I sat, I could watch the characters passing by on the sidewalk, as well as the patrons and servers bustling about of the restaurant.
Our waitress was wonderful and extremely patient as we struggled to pick from the menu. They had an extensive wine list and Matt found a Cabernet Sauvignon from Hall Wines!
After we sat down, our waiter brought over some fresh bread to get us started. It was delicious! I have a new appreciation for bread since my mom began making it. For our appetizer, we were torn between the foie gras and escargot. We decided on latter since we didn’t want to get too full too quickly! It was cooked, but the sauce was a little salty for me.
Next up, a salade lyonnaise (my favorite). The lardons and poached egg is such a good touch – definitely hits the spot!
For our main course, Matt chose the braised lamb with cous cous and I snatched up the opportunity to have veal escalope. So good. Le Diplomate prepared the veal just as I remembered it back in France. The meat was cooked perfectly and topped with a mushroom cream sauce. To die for!
Last, but certainly not least, was dessert. I have the biggest sweet tooth and I could not resist looking at the selection. The menu included a pot de crème, a tarte citron, profiteroles… I decided on the vanilla crème brûlée, a classic. It was so good that even Matt (a dessert-dodger) took several bites. I usually have to convince him to even try it!
Overall, we enjoyed a wonderful meal and loved our experience at Le Diplomate. I don’t think we could have asked for better. As always, I feel incredibly grateful for Matt who is always so patient, especially when I take photos of our meals! I ate and drank so well, I fell asleep the entire ride home. We can’t wait to return for another dinner, and also brunch, someday soon!