Matchbox in one word might have to be “unassuming”. Mostly referred to as a “pizza joint” around the District, Matchbox has far more to offer. Albeit delicious on their pizza, Matchbox is truly a gem when it comes to the entire culinary front. Right in the midst of Barracks Row on 8th Street, Matchbox is a delight.
With its relaxed and simple décor from the brick walls to the light colored wooden tables with black napkins to match the wait staffs garb, Matchbox does an excellent job of removing the stuffy mood that many fine dining bistros have and creates an open atmosphere that aides patrons to appreciate the food further.
Cream of crab soup ($6), was smooth, full of flavor, and delivered with a respectable quantity of lump crab portions. With hints of sherry, this soup was a great precursor to the entrée. Seared sea scallops ($25) was strikingly plated and even more striking in flavor! With an ample portion to greet you at the table, the scallops were seasoned and prepared well. The sweet corn polenta and cilantro sauce married the dish perfectly, and the velvety texture of the dish made clearing the platter that much easier!
After the tabletop was cleared, out came the dessert menu, the dessert selections were abundant and multifaceted. Fresh fruit pizza ($8) came with six slices of dough topped with fresh berries, mascarpone cheese, and a balsamic reduction. The flavors were both light and rich, but most of all, satisfying.
Matchbox is a great place to grab an after work cocktail, a dinner with friends, or a simple yet delicious date night! Either way you decide to go, just go and enjoy!