Service remains excellent; food varies but uniformly expensive
I've dined at the Ritz Carlton Dining Room several times over the years, most recently on 01/27/07. As always the service is excellent - consistent with that of the rest of the property. We were served by a team of waitstaff each of whom was attentive, efficient and most importantly knowledgable. Unfortunately the food preparation seems to have become an exercise in attempting to impress with arcane and borderline bizarre items. On our last visit my wife ordered the multi-course Chef's selection and I ordered from the ala'carte menu. Each item was a jumble of disperate ingredients which never quite hit the mark. During our visit the chef was apparently on a Truffle binge and with half the courses our server enthusiastically shaved truffles onto the dishes if it made sense or not. (One note - I learned after the fact that the truffle is weighed before and after it leaves your table and you are charged by the gram; a few vigorous shavings by the server can add up very quickly). As to value, I am not a gourmet but I have dined all over the world and know what I like and what is reasonable. I think my greatest disappointment with the Dining Room is the value. While the service is excellent and atmosphere ...nice... it does not warrant the $250pp (with the only alcohol being the wine pairings for one person). (Also, foodies will not want to hear this but portion size does enter into the value and enjoyment equation and those at the Dining Room were among the smallest I've ever seen).