Sunday, March 6, 2011

Againn Tavern - Rockville, MD

5/31/11 - UPDATE: CLOSED.

Originally the bf and I were invited to try Againn Tavern for a media event, however we've been back 2 times since so this post reflects the 2nd time we've been there. I'll explain a bit more as we go along!

Againn Tavern (pronounced Ag-wen) had taken over Houston's former spot on Rockville Pike and prides itself on local, sustainable, organic ingredients. Their food is upscale comfort food featuring many British classics. There is plenty of free parking in front, and the closest metro stop is Twinbrook on the red line.

The interior has dim lighting, dark wood and brick. It's cozy but refined. For some reason, people like sitting in booths, and this place has a lot of them.

Nice circular bar in the next room.

Here is a little sneak peek into the event we went to. We had a sampling of their current menu, which changes with the seasons. The tour of the kitchen was awesome and they are very proud of their smoker. Glad we had the opportunity to be there!

The bf and I went on a date recently and tried a lot of things we didn't have at the event. We ordered as our appetizer Roasted Brussel Sprouts (curry aioli) for $6ish. This was our 1st time having brussel sprouts, and even though they don't have the best reputation, we were blown away. These were so good! Dipped in the curry aioli (aka mayo) they were smokey, caramelized, vinegary and only slightly bitter.

We wanted to try more classic British dishes. One of them was Bangers N' Mash (whole grain mustard seed mash, wine cooked onions) for $14. It may look simple, but it had a lot of flavor. We agreed that it tasted best when you took a bite with the sausage, onions and mashed potatoes together.

Hands down the BEST Fish N' Chips (mushy peas, egg sauce, fries) ever!  For $14, you get a huge piece of flaky, fluffy fish in the lightest, crispy batter I've tried. It's mind boggling actually. I wasn't a fan of the peas, but the egg sauce goes really well with the fish.

The bf ordered Virgina Grass Fed Burger (brioche bun, white cheddar, caramelized onion) for $12. He really liked it because the onions were the same ones in the Bangers N' Bash. The beef itself and bun were normal, in his opinion.

At this point we were about to burst, but we had ordered a side of Mac & Cheese ($5), which I thought was more oily than creamy. We brought this home and I thought it tasted better microwaved.

However, there is always room for dessert! The Sticky Toffee Pudding (toffee sauce, stout ice cream) for $8 was awesome. There's bourbon on it! It's not overly sweet, but a nice balance of flavors and temperatures.

The 3rd time we came here was with my brother and dad. We ordered the same things and added the Shepard's Pie, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, and Banoffee Pie, which were all awesome too! The bf and I decided the place was a nice blend of our tastes in food, comfort yet upscale. Service was fine, and I hope to come back when the summer menu is launched. They also offer personalized scotch lockers if that's something you're into.

12256 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 230-9260
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