Round two is here: One Fifth Romance Languages, the highly anticipated second iteration of Chef Chris Shepherd’s “five restaurants in five years” idea opens tonight. It replaces One Fifth Steak, the popular steakhouse that disappeared forever on July 31.
Even the decor at the historic building that houses the restaurant changed to accommodate One Fifth Romance Languages, which is inspired by European cuisine. Instead of One Fifth’s dark red and blue color scheme with its industrial grid ceiling, the interior is now dressed up in a softer palette of greens, blues and purples with fabric draped across the ceiling.
As for the food, there’s not only a seafood tower with King crab legs but a charcuterie tower with terrines and fillets. The Pièce de Résistance — or “The Big Dog Tower”, as Shepherd calls it, combines both seafood and charcuterie into one tower to end all towers.
Courses are in here, instead of One Fifth’s family style entrees. Pasta at One Fifth Romance Languages spans duck heart bolognese to carbonara and gnocchi, with mains like lamb chops and beef cheek Bourgogne and crocquembouche among the desserts. Wine director Matthew Pridgen pulled together a list that’s heavy on the Old World wines from France, Italy, Spain, Austria and Germany. Check out the entire menu before One Fifth Romance Languages opens its doors at 5 p.m. tonight.
One Fifth Romance Languages [Official Site]