Oriel is the latest project from Dustin Lancaster, the man behind Eastside Establishment, which includes Eastside favorites such as L&E Oyster, Covell and El Condor. Here Lancaster and partners Michael Blackman and Alain Jeu have opened a French-themed wine bar, with a classic bistro menu.
Expect to see things like chicken liver mousse, gratin, escargot, steak tartare, and gnocchi à la Parisienne. For dessert, there is an almond tart and creme brûlée.
The wine list will impress even the snobbiest wine fiends but with plenty of choices both by the bottle and the glass, there's something for everyone.
Chinatown has needed a new lease of life. Oriel seems to be a step in the right direction.
A visit to Chinatown
French classics like French onion soup, chicken liver mousse, steak tartar, crock monsieur, and creme brûlée.