Word comes this morning that Fifth Floor, the restaurant at the hotel Palomar has re-opened after it’s little makeover. According to Thrillist,
Relaunched after a culinary and aesthetic overhaul, the Hotel Palomar resto [sic] is stepping back into the opulent date-spot fray, minus the swarms of obsequious servers and table linens so white they seared the naked eye. Decor’s similarly tweaked, with modern, vaguely asian appointments, a marble communal table, and loungey leather chairs/banquettes as overstuffed as your wallet will soon not be. But the modernized Gascon fare, cheffed up by Aqua and Ame vets, is nonetheless top-notch: chestnut soup, cured sea scallops w/ caviar, and “poule au pot” – poached free-range chicken stuffed with foie gras and a starry-eyed dream to convert Cambodia into an agrarian utopia.
If you remember, back in January the San Francisco Chronicle’s Inside Scoop column reported that Aqua and Cafe de la Presse vet Laurent Manrique would act as chef consultant, and Jennie Lorenzo, who stinted as executive chef at Ame, will do the day-to-day cooking. The front of the front of the house has also been converted into a no-reservations cafe.
Look for an updated listing on our site over the next day or so. Meanwhile, here’s a copy, courtesy of Thrillist, of the new menu.