Métier loosely translates from French as “an area of expertise.” One can see why chef Eric Ziebold chose the name for his tasting room—a measured and elegant prix fixe that begins in a firelit salon and unfolds over seven courses in an haute-minimalist dining room. If Kinship, located above, is the more casual sibling, Métier is the studied elder—a culmination of Ziebold’s decades in the kitchen (the French Laundry, CityZen) and memories translated to the fine-dining world. Playful dishes such as buttery potatoes, caviar, and crème fraîche—an homage to loaded spuds—make for a delightful special occasion. As hoped, service is flawless between welcoming wife/co-owner Célia Laurent and sommeliers who are as eager to dive into the deep wine cellar as they are to split a glass of something expensive and delicious for a thriftier guest’s enjoyment. Very expensive.
Also great: halibut with coconut and uni; miso-rubbed Kuroge beef; frozen s’more.