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Meals are multi-course tastings and range in price from $98 to $280 at Plume, the fine dining restaurant at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. hotel. The menu changes seasonally here, but the three-course menu is usually priced at $98 per person. During our visit, this menu included filet mignon, lobster Thermidor, grilled lamb with ratatouille and bacon-wrapped monkfish. Each three-course meal includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, as well as an amuse-bouche.
For a longer dining experience that further reflects the food philosophy of executive chef Ralf Schlegel, order one of the seven- or eight-course tasting menus offered at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant. During our visit, the eight-course menu was $115 without wine, and included game and other unique meats such as venison, rabbit, game hen and pheasant. One of the specialties of the house includes Schlegel's Beeswax Poached Salmon and is one of Plume's most recommended dishes.
The tasting menu can include wine pairings. You can enjoy it with the "Classic Wine Experience" for $200 or the "Premium Wine Experience" for $280. For the ultimate indulgence, ask sommelier Jennifer Knowles about their vintage Madeira selections from the Five-Star hotel's more than 1,300 bottles, including one of the last bottles of 1720 Madeira in the world.