For my sister-in-law's bachelorette party it was decided that we would have a sit-down dinner followed by dancing. Which brings me to the following judgment.
For dinner we went to Oyamel a high-end Mexican restaurant that is part of the Think Food Group, to which Zaytinya (head chef and top chef Mike Isabella)and Jaleo also belong. I had stopped in Oyamel before, but just for a drink and wasn't sure what to expect with the food. I knew I loved the smaller, intimate space with Mexican/modern decor and a lively young crowd; therefore, I thought it might be the perfect space for 12 ladies to share a meal in honor of their friend.
When we arrived that evening at Oyamel we were introduced to our waitress, who was recently married and incredibly nice. Our table was ready and a few special details were added, such as cocktail napkins, candy, and a tiara for the bride, which I purchased ahead of time. The staff was incredibly helpful about setting this up. They quickly brought the bride her drink as well as one for all of her friends and then showed us to the table. Serve judged as above and beyond!
We started the meal with the table-side guacamole, which was delicious. It had more lime than other places, but everyone agreed that we liked the extra lime and judged it as a good guac.
For our meal we had three course, all served on small, sharable plates. In the first course we received a salad, gaspacho, and, a tostada. The salad, ensalada de aguacate, was a fresh fruit salad served with an orange vinaigrette that was both refreshing and flavorful. In the second course we enjoyed tacos with bbq pork and picked onions, albondigas a.k.a. meatballs, tamal verde, and seared arctic char. The arctic char was the highlight of this course. It was cooked perfectly.
For our dessert course we enjoyed a chocolate sorbet and rum cake. The chocolate sorbet was out of this world, anyone craving chocolate would cure their craving with just one spoonful. Judged, the best chocolate frozen treat. The rum cake was judged as having enough booze to count as one of the bachelorette's shots.
For dancing that night we went to Shadow Room, which claims to "challenge ourselves to provide an unparalleled level of service and experience that exceeds anything that is currently available." We booked a table with bottle service through club promoter and co-owner of DC Hosts, Jason. We arrived at the club and were on the list, directed to our table, and promptly brought a menu to choose our bottle.