Tamarind by Dominique (936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0909) has opened inside the Hotel Modern, a new 135-room boutique hotel on Lee Circle.
Chef Dominique Macquet is joined in this venture by his longtime colleague Quan Tran, who is chef de cuisine. Vietnamese flavors are a big part of Tamarind's menu, but don't expect casual pho-shop fare.
"We're taking what's local and using it in a Vietnamese style with French technique," Macquet says. "If we do a spring roll, it will be touched by both the French and the Vietnamese before it goes on the plate."
This approach means dishes like grilled shrimp with tamarind remoulade and fried green kohlrabi, duck confit with apple cider vinegar and hoisin, and flounder with Vietnamese coriander and citrus vinaigrette. Tamarind serves dinner and plans to add lunch eventually.
Macquet has been busy lately. In addition to Tamarind, he's developing the second incarnation of Dominique's on Magazine (4215 Magazine St., phone n.a.), which he expects to open in May. Macquet left the restaurant that previously operated under that name in November. It's now called Apolline (4729 Magazine St., 894-8881; www.apollinerestaurant.com).
Among the former Dominique's on Magazine employees joining Macquet in his new restaurants are craft cocktail maven Kimberly Patton-Bragg and sommelier Lisa Deragon. Patton-Bragg's cocktails at Tamarind incorporate tropical fruits and herbs that are in sync with the food menu.