Tonight was my first Restaurant Week dinner this season. It was at the Grill at the Ritz Carlton and was GREAT! Heres a brief report especially for those with reservations for rest of week.
The Grill room is all non-smoking. There are tables and booths. We had a booth. Even though I reserved early, we only had a choice of 5:30pm or 9:00pm so we took 5:30 which was perfect. We were first ones seated and it was much quieter. The room is hard and can be noisy. They also play free form jazz (Charlie Parker is what I think I heard) and it competes with voice levels. The place was not full but I think its planned that way to allow the servers and sous chefs time to pace. They said they had a few weather cancellations but not many.
The Restaurant Week menu is short and actually the full menu is not very long.
We ordered a glass of Merlot ($8.50 lowest price on wine list) and it was a nice size serving. Ice tea was the other beverage ($4.00 and appeared to be brewed passion fruit flavor). Note: The couple next to us arrived with 2 bottles of their own from their wine cellar. Apparently you can bring your own. I heard him say it was a 9-year old (something I could not make out) from the bottom of his wine cellar and the waiter was impressed. First time I heard of BYOB at a place like this.
For appetizers, she had the Shrimp appetizer while I had the Mushroom Tart with spring mix and confit of duck. GO FOR THE SHRIMP a nice size portion! My appetizer was mostly salad with a small mushroom tart. There were crumbled duck pieces but nothing special.
For entrees there is the Swordfish with a spicy sauce or the Pork Loin. We dont do spicy and love pork so we both had that. It was a VERY large Loin Chop with an absolutely fab mustard glaze. With it cam mashed potatoes nothing special and sautéed cabbage that was fantastic!
For dessert there are two so order one of each. Easy to split each and share. The dense chocolate tart was huge and came with a scoop of Vanilla Gelato rolled in burnt sugar. Sinful and too rich for one person. The other was a Pear Tart with Creme Ingleis. (sp?). Ask for a knife. You cant neatly eat this with a spoon.
Service was very professional and not stuffy at all. By the way, the Swordfish is on the regular menu at $30.00 by itself. And a Pork Chop is priced at $24.00
We were very pleased and very full. Great choice! Next up is Le Bar Lyonaise which I did last Sept. and am looking forward to again. (early seating.)
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