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Tristan Restaurant Review: Although it is a separate enterprise, Tristan is tucked into The French Quarter Inn. The vibe is contemporary and chic, but chef Nate Whiting and his team keep the experience grounded, authentic and food-centric. Appetizers include Prime beef tartare with a spiced Thai aïoli, marinated heirloom tomatoes atop still-warm handmade mozzarella, a beautiful display of roasted and raw beets, and Kanzuri shrimp cocktail (made from peppers dried in the snowbanks of Japan) ladled over house-made hummus---to name a few. Seasonal entrées always include a fresh local fish, scallops, and may also range from a certified Angus beef tenderloin paired with sweet corn and haricots verts succotash to duck breast with baked peach, brittle bread, foie gras-almond salad, and lavender-honey vinaigrette. Both the crab cake and the she-crab soup are worth noting. Desserts include a ginger basil float to be spooned from an elegantly tall, cylindrical glass, milk chocolate parfait and passion fruit pudding cake with candied basil. The wine list is one of the best in town with a broad range of selections, some 500 labels, a good half-bottle list, and numerous wines by the glass. Plus, half-priced bottles listed under $75 deals are available every Monday and Tuesday. The well-trained waitstaff is knowledgeable and courteous. The tasting menu keeps them busy, but the smartly attired waiters manage to stay a step ahead, with enough time to fully discuss each pairing.