THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES The Raleigh Restaurant
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THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES The Raleigh Restaurant Restaurant Review: THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES TO THE ROYAL RESTAURANT. Though The Raleigh hotel has been a glam party spot since the early years of South Beach's revival, its restaurant has not captured the fascination of the public since the early 1990s, when chef Kerry Simon drew an A-list crowd to his Blue Star. Even a several-years-long stint by Eric Ripert as executive chef failed to excite attention (perhaps because Ripert was basically an absentee menu-planner…but still). These days the restaurant is back to being mainly an upscale convenience for hotel guests who don't feel like venturing off-premises. For others: If dishes like branzino (a non-regional Mediterranean fish) with extra virgin olive oil, gremolata and sea salt (called "sal marina," which evidently sounds more exotic), or Colorado lamb with cilantro and white bean purée seem exciting enough to pay a premium, knock yourselves out. Romantics may well feel that the evocatively time-trippy view of The Raleigh's famed Art Deco pool, from the restaurant's outdoor terrace, is alone worth the price.