After leading the pack for decades, the Ritz-Carlton’s signature restaurant is still the one to beat. Dining is a theatrical experience, like being dropped into the set of a BBC historical drama. It begins in the opulent anteroom with superb cocktails and a selection of wines, and continues into the candlelit dining room all the way through to the caramel coconut soufflé and other divine desserts. The menu has a classic feel, with steak that seems juicier than you can get anywhere else, as well as expertly prepared lobster and lamb.The lineup, which changes frequently, is enlivened by contemporary flavors and combinations such as spicy blackened snapper, grouper or other fish, roast duck with chipotle sweet potato puree and tequila sauce, and and tuna loin with coconut foam. The exquisite five-course tasting menu, which changes monthly, introduces more adventurous dishes and is reasonably priced for a restaurant of this caliber. The restaurant has a beautiful new patio with its own special menu. Smooth, live jazz is perfect for dining, and after dinner you can take a spin around the dance floor.
- Christine Delsol