The Chowpup will be visiting her grandparents this week and I'm looking forward to trying some of the establishements that are off-limits to her. That means high-end restaurants with leisurely dining, rather than any particular cuisine.
The limitation: heavy salt/oil/butter and/or scallops can make me violently ill in short order. A few bites of fried food is all I can usually tolerate. The Inn at Little Washington and Elysium both nailed me. Corderoy put me in a borderline state over a 3 course lunch. (I'd still recommend it, the place is dreadfully under-used for its quality.) I think that this problem probably nixes Maestro. Oh, and my husband is wildly allergic to porcini mushrooms, so staff who will actually pay attention when we mention this are a must. The staff at Elysuim made a panicked dive for our bread basket--who would have thought there was porcini in that roll?
Makoto is on the list (we've had kaiseki in other cities), but where else would you recommend we dine? We enjoy food that is well-combined but does not obscure individual flavors. There is very little we do not eat, within the aforementioned restrictions.
I may also haul him out to China Star. If so, is anyone interested in a Chow Dinner this week?