Amuse Bouche at Michel

Photo by Judith Beermann
Tarts and spuddies served at Michel
Tarts and spuddies served at Michel
He calls it “the bistro version of Citronelle.” It's not Central, it's Michel -- the newest of Michel Richard’s restaurants -- which just opened at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner. Like Citronelle, Michel offers innovative modern French cuisine with a light, fresh, and whimsical style that is synonymous with the man.
Suspended onyx table (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Suspended onyx table

Designed by Group Getz Architects, Michel has a relaxed atmosphere with elegant touches.  As you enter, you are greeted by a stacked dish sculpture, something that has become a signature element of Michel Richard’s restaurants. On the ceiling, plate-shaped lighting discs change color.  At the far end of the dining room, a 12-person onyx table (lit from underneath) is suspended by two thin steel cables.

Watching chefs prepare the meal behind a glass wall is a delightful dining bonus. In addition to regular seating for 110, and the onyx table, there’s an 18 person private dining room and bar seating for ten.
Wine and bar at Michel (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Wine and bar at Michel

Recently, The Georgetown Dish was treated to a tour and tasting menu of onion and parmesan tarts, mini beef tartares on a spoon, spuddies (potato) with salmon caviar and bacon-leek quiches. Beverages included Bourgogne Blanc (“Cuvee Michel Richard”) Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon and “French 1700 Martini”, a cocktail of muddled fresh pineapple and raspberries, lemon, Absolut Vodka and Crème de Cassis. Everything was merveilleux.
Preparing Santa Vacherin (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Preparing Santa Vacherin

While we were there, we got a peak at the preparation of a seasonal meringue creation of  Santa Vacherin.
David Pepper, Mel Davis and Katy Adams (Photo by: Judith Beermann) David Pepper, Mel Davis and Katy Adams

It’s a busy time for Michel, as he recently published his first dessert cookbook, “Sweet Magic.”
Bill Mitchell and Michel (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Bill Mitchell and Michel

Michel is open for breakfast and dinner (and shortly lunch too). For more information, contact Michel.

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cd in oakton

When are we going for dinner? Never made it to this space when it was Maestro, but can't wait to get to Michel. Michel Richard can "amuse ma bouche" any time.