First things first, Tristan is a beautiful restaurant. Post modern design and clean lines dominate the space. The open kitchen faces directly onto the dining space, with one of the more interesting bars in the city above and behind the seating area. I only have two complaints. One would be the car headlights shining directly into one side of the restaurant as they pull into the valet stand outside. The other would be the ADD Muzak. The music jumps every genre and age. The inconsistent, annoying, and at times inappropriate music has no place in a restaurant of this quality and price.
To start the dinner, the chef sent out a wonderful amuse of a lemon gel. As to what else was involved in this little dish, I couldn't tell you. The description rolled right over my head. All I know is that it was tangy, tart, and tasty.
For an appetizer, The Girl chose the Sweetcorn Soup ($7) with blue crab, aleppo chili, and mace. This creamy bisque-like soup delivers on almost every front. Rich and lovely, but would have been better if it had been served at a warmer temperature. That being said, I think The Girl would have been happy to have another bowl.
For an entree, The Girl stuck to the appetizer menu and chose the She-Crab Ravioli ($12) with Jonah crab meat, sweet onion puree, and pickled shallots. This is a fairly small dish for the price, but is loaded with flavor. The sweet isn't overpowering, and the meat is beautiful. The only complaint would be the ravioli itself is a little toothy and would have been better served with a more tender pasta
The Girl hasn't been feeling great, so she skipped dessert. I decided on the Chocolate Pot de Creme ($8) with cherry sherbet, almond tuile, and tangerine argumato. I'm glad that The Girl didn't order this, since she is a chocolate purist. For me, this dessert is money. The chocolate is finished with fleur de sel and has a very rich, complex flavor. The almond tuile gives a fantastic crisp element and adds much needed texture. The cherry sherbet is mirrored by a cherry-almond salad. What a fantastic dessert!
Overall: 20 out of 25 A great modern restaurant that delivers the goods without the gimmicks