For DC Restaurant Week, it’s not just DC establishments joining in on the deliciousness! The scenic drive to Tysons Galleria on the George Washington Memorial Parkway provided a beautiful visual relief compared to the bumper to bumper DC traffic. Passing scenic overlooks and local parks like Turkey Run Park was a gentle reminder of how close natural beauty is in proximity to the city.
Wildfire located in Tysons Galleria was bustling with hungry diners awaiting their Restaurant Week dinner. Patient and communicative staff did a great job of handling all patrons that walked through Wildfire’s door. Dim lighting, black and white pictures of Old Hollywood and Swing Jazz music softly playing throughout the restaurant was a subtle way of creating the atmosphere. Private dining rooms are also available to book; there are two rooms that can be broken up into up to six rooms depending on the size of your party.
Once seated in the main dining room, the Ellington Room, culinary delight commenced!
Service: Management did a fine job of making themselves visible and available, Aaron Mervis; Vice President and Jason Knutson; Manager, did a great job of teamwork. Our waiter, Luis was also one of two of the restaurants Wine Leaders. His attentiveness to the table and deep knowledge of the menu was not only impressive but tremendously helpful when it came to choosing the right dishes and drinks to complete the entire dining experience.
Food/Drink: The food was absolutely delicious, it called for a handshake with the chef, Edwin Amaya. Here is how the nights fare and libations lined up:
Crispy Fried Fresh Calamari: Thick and seasoned batter around the calamari was delicious. The freshly made calamari was perfectly cooked.
Shrimp and Lobster Bisque: This soup was robust with flavors; shrimp and lobster pieces with spoonful’s of corn, red onion and red pepper.
Baked French Onion Soup: A dense crouton crust soaking up flavors from a chicken based broth created the depth of flavor for this soup. The onions and truly cheesy asiago cheese crust completed the bowl.
Wildfire Chopped Salad: A Southwestern flare with a mixture of chopped iceberg and romaine was fresh and crisp. Avocado, bacon, blue cheese mixed with a citrus vinaigrette was only just a few ingredients that created this signature salad.
House Salad: Artichoke hearts, cucumbers and croutons mixed with iceberg and romaine was delicious with Wildfire’s house made vinaigrette.
Macadamia Crusted Halibut with side of Wood Roasted Mushroom Caps: Known as a mild fish, this Halibut encrusted with macadamia nuts was outstanding. The crust did a perfect job of keeping the fish juicy. The dish is comprised of the halibut place atop asparagus spears. The side of wood roasted mushrooms was sizeable enough to share with two.
Filet Mignon Medallion Trio with side of Au Gratin Potatoes: These medallions were prepared medium well and each was crusted with three out of the six Wildfire signature crusts. Peppercorn was fully flavored with an enjoyable bite at the end. Horseradish was surprisingly subtle and creamy, it allowed the filet flavors to come through. The blue cheese crust started with a bite that equally complimented the filets warm taste.
Wildfire Ice Cream Sandwich: Decadence is the perfect word to describe this dense dessert. This is a cool treat for chocolate lovers.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie: Another cool treat, this perfect pairing of a chocolate and peanut butter cannot go wrong. A pie crust filled with chocolate peanut butter and topped with light whip was a smooth ending to a delicious meal.
Ginger Rogers: This cocktail was a named perfectly, just like the actress, singer, and dancer. A ginger sugar rimmed glass was filled with vanilla and ginger vodka, orange juice, pineapple juice, topped with ginger ale was an impeccable compliment to any dish.
Stormy Night: As a sweeter cocktail, watermelon and Hawaiian pucker, Absolut, and blackberry vodka made up this glass. A sweet start and mildly sour finish was gratifying.
Atmosphere: Wildfire provides an atmosphere that makes diners want to return; from after work dinner with coworkers, a romantic date with your sweetie, or a relaxing dinner with the family. The Old Hollywood and Jazz theme provides a natural conversation starter and can even teach some of the younger ones about something longstanding. The gracefully swift service allows diners to enjoy their meals and feel like you most certainly have the best waiter in the restaurant.
Overall Experience: Dining at Wildfire is great because it is quality. They care about their product from beginning to end. If a trip over to Tysons Galleria is in your future, make sure to stop by Wildfire and enjoy a delicious meal.
If you are in the mood for a flavorful and plentiful steakhouse experience, Wildfire will sure be the place to go. Whether it is for Restaurant Week, or any day of any week, Wildfire is available for you, reservations are recommended. Wildfire…get fired up!