The foodie scene in Northern Virginia is definitely rising with the edition of Evo Bistro. Located in the heart of McLean, Evo offers tapas with an international flare – drawing on flavors from France, Italy, Spain and Morocco. Wine is also a central focus at Evo Bistro, where diners can choose from an extensive list, as well as a unique wine tasting bar – allowing guests to experiment with different wines from around the globe.
Evo Bistro’s decor is warm and inviting. The color scheme reflects muted, earthy tones accented with vivid, brightly colored art featuring wine still lifes hanging from the walls. A cozy bar area makes for a great happy hour spot, where guests can enjoy Evo’s wine selections and nosh on delicious small plates. Our party of two was greeted by a friendly host and seated in the dining room immediately. Our lovely server Dani took our wine order promptly and explained that the menu mostly consists of tapas, or small plates. 3-4 plates would be equivalent to the portion size of an entrée, so we spared no time and placed an order for a few tapas.
Dani quickly brought out our first order from the kitchen – Butternut Squash Ravioli served with Mushrooms and Sage Cream. The mild flavors of Butternut Squash offset the rich, creamy taste of the Sage Cream and made for a delightful first plate.
Next up came a traditional Spanish tapas plate, Croquetas de Jamon y Pollo. This small fried roll filled with Chicken and Serrano Ham was served over a delicious Jalapeno Aioli. Presented beautifully on an attractive glass plate, the savory bite-sized Croquetas were fried to perfection and the Jalapeno Aioli added a spicy kick to the dish.
After polishing off the Croquetas, Champinones, were brought to our table. A classic tapa commonly served in Spain, the large, fresh Portobello Mushrooms were stuffed with a creamy Vermont Goat Cheese. The portion size was perfect, and the pairing of Goat Cheese with Mushrooms was a tasty combination.
Shortly after, Dani brought out Saman, or Bacon wrapped Quail, which was simply divine. The flavors of the quail and bacon complimented each other well. Served over a Sweet Potato Mash with Port Wine Sauce, flavors of Garlic, Olive Oil and Thyme were present in the dish as well.
To top off our dinner, we could not resist in sharing an order of Provencale Moules Frites. Served in a broth of Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil and White Wine, the Mussels were very fresh and the accompanying fries were great to dip in the flavorful broth.
For dessert, we ended our delicious meal with a Pear Tart. This lovely puff pastry was covered with a thin layer of Almond Creme accompanied with Pear Slices, Apricot Icing and a dollop of Vanilla Ice Cream. The sweet tart was the perfect ending to a fantastic dinner.
Our terrific server Dani notified Manager Gerry Keating that our dinner would be blogged for Cuisine Solutions. Gerry came right over to the table, sat with our party for a bit and had a great conversation about the restaurant. Compliments of Evo Bistro, we received the Pear Tart on the house! When all is said and done, fantastic food and outstanding staff and service is what Evo Bistro is all about. Cuisine Solutions will definitely be back in for more!