The Frenchman and his chef-de-cuisine (and Top Chefcompetitor) Jennifer Carroll have continued to meet the high expectations of his eagerly waiting fans with an expertly crafted menu that includes the expected staples—filet mignon, yellowfin tuna, and butter-smothered trout—then exceeded them with inspired local touches such as a lip-smacking soft pretzel appetizer and malted "TastyKake" ice cream. Perhaps more noteworthy, however, is the jazzy makeover given
to the Jeffersonian rotunda of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which hosts the restaurant's varied nooks. Gone are the lounge's overstuffed jacquard sofas, and in is a streamlined deco look, accented with striking, albeit rather jarring, towers lit in jewel tones. In a separate dining room all is sedate, sophisticated, and tryst-ready.