Our review of Blue duck Tavern's Straight-from-the-Oven Chocolate Cake with Maker’s Mark Flambé is in response to a reader's request.
This chocolate cake is made to order, so it's always fresh. It truly is straight from the oven, and the server flambés it with Maker's Mark at your table. This means it's served very hot. I recommend allowing it to cool.
Adding liquor to a dessert is a sure-fire way to increase its decadence and depth of flavor. In this dish, the whiskey flambé adds a punch and a twist to the chocolate. The cake is warm and moist with a gooey center. For my taste, a small scoop of fine vanilla ice cream might have elevated this dish to divine. As it is served, it deserves our great rating. Because of its novelty and freshness, it's also a steal at $9.
24th & M Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
(with the water fountain in the Hyatt)
(202) 419 6755
Google map & reviews (4/5)
Washingtonian (100 Best Restaurants 2011; 41-100; 2.5/4)
Washington Post (2.5/4)
Open Table (4.4/5)
Tripadvisor (4/5; 10th best DC restaurant)
Washington City Paper