Michel by Michel Richard, Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Michel by Michel Richard, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Tysons II, web site, 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, VA, 703-744-3999, it’s even open for breakfast. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [WaPo | Yelp | Gayot]

This is the new Michel Richard place, and Tom Sietsema wasn’t so thrilled. I loved my meal here. The leeks with quail eggs were one of the best courses I’ve had in Virginia, ever. The salmon terrine was first-rate, the lardon salad comparable to that of a very good French country restaurant. Most of the main courses looked boring so I went all-appetizers and I recommend that. I don’t have the money (or time) to crack the code of this place, as indeed the dinner main courses can run $40 or more. So I don’t think you are guaranteed a great meal here. And, as with Richard’s other places, it may well decline over time. Yet for the time being I cannot help but give this an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

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