Destination: The Grill's Reinvented Menu At The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

At The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis they have traded in the white table cloths and traditional steak house menu formerly found at The Grill for a redefined dining experience that’s more approachable and fresh. Described on the menu as, “An urban infusion: Seasonal elements, simply crafted, perfectly grilled,” the reinvented concept incorporates new elements including sharable plates and a revamped lineup of grilled entrées.

The Ritz Carlton's The Grill new menu item

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“The new menu is breaking traditional perceptions of what The Ritz-Carlton dining experience is,” explained chef Damien Faure. “It’s designed to be approachable and fresh, and it enlivens traditional St. Louis cuisine.”

The Dish had a glimpse and taste of The Grill’s offerings earlier this week. The first courses were from the “sharing” portion of the menu and were enjoyed while experimenting with The Grill’s line of house-made infused oils, such as purple basil and Brandywine tomato or spring onion and chipotle.

The barbecue shrimp and grits were flavor-packed thanks to Cajun spices and slices of chorizo sausage while the grilled Medjool dates tossed with bacon, Cambozola and roasted hazelnuts were a wonderful balance of sweetness and smoke. Next were Prince Edward Isle mussels served in a coconut milk broth laced with lemon grass and kefir lime, followed by a salad of Tuscan kale and marinated hearts of palm tossed in a citrus-herb vinaigrette with strawberries, toasted almonds and goat cheese.

Entrèes included house-smoked salmon topped with a smoked tomato coulis, a center-cut filet of beef with sauteed mushrooms and the Morgan Street Brewery beer can chicken – a beloved American barbecue tradition of cooking a whole chicken with an opened beer inside of the cavity – served with a Gus’ pretzel and a beer mustard dip. World-renowned pastry chef Nathaniel Reid prepared baked Alaska layered with white chocolate yuzu ice cream and strawberry sorbet, and profiteroles filled with a scoop of hazelnut ice cream and drizzled with warm chocolate sauce.

The Grill is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300.

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