I did a quick search here and did not find much on the new BANK, so here's my review - curious to hear (read) other people's opinions on it.
My husband and I went last Tuesday night (5/29), a slow evening right after the holiday. The service was great, and the place is, hum, stately (would “grandiosely imperial” be exaggerated?) – the imposing old Farmers and Mechanics bank atmosphere is quite the backdrop for a restaurant, but there are some more cozy spaces, including a great sit-down counter overlooking the kitchen.
The menu has a little of everything – from tomato soup and a great burger (after all they are in a hotel, and must cater to the weary travelers), to a delicious duck appetizer and high-end entrees such as a seared walleye with lobster.
We started with 3 appetizers: the scallops, the tartare duo(salmon and tuna – both delicious, with great ingredients to highlight the fish, such as avocado, mango, apples), and the five-spice duck – served over a great frisee salad. Washed it all down with a fantastic white grapefruit cosmopolitan. My husband had the lamb with ratatouille and white beans and I had the aforementioned seared walleye – served over a delicious vichyssoise with sugar snap peas (technically, various of the ingredients are locally sourced, per Rick Nelson’s interview on http://www.startribune.com/10151/rich...) For dessert, we looked at their nine little offerings in shot glasses and could not resist to have the chocolate mousse treat. We loved everything we had, and the service was super attentive. The bar – right in the middle of the great lobby – is very fun and I can see going there often for drinks and less elaborate meals – the burger is calling me next =)
For their site: http://www.bankmpls.com/