So many uppity restaurants suffer from 'refined-but-boring' syndrome. It's no fun to spend $20+ a plate to be underwhelmed. Many a time I've rushed to the hottest new restaurant, only to leave knowing there is no reason to hurry back. This was NOT the case at Dutch and Co., Church Hill's newest neighborhood restaurant.
I walked into Dutch and Co. on a Wednesday night and the interior was unpretentious and hip...ok, so far so good. I was kindly greeted and took a seat at the bar. I perused the small but interesting drink menu, which was priced about a $1 or $2 less than comparable establishments. I especially liked that they had $1.50 seven oz. Miller Highlife's among the tasteful beer selection. I ordered a basil and grapefruit cocktail and was pleased by the all muddled fresh ingredients that went into my drink.
It was time to order. I chose every $5 small plate written on the big chalk board menu that took up the entirety of the back wall. Gluttonous sounding, I know, but it was only four dishes. To add to my "enormous" order, I got something off the appetizer list. I mean come on, it's hard to pass up a dish called "the perfect egg." Each dish that arrived had kung-pow flavor. Every plate was both assertive and refined. There wasn't an ounce of "blah" in any of the five dishes I sampled.
Check out their menu athttp://dutchandcompany.tumblr.com/
. They have a $28 prix fixe option: any appetizer, any entree, any dessert at any time.