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Jose Gutierrez is the award-winning chef at this flagship restaurant of the Peabody Hotel. He creates imaginative dishes, grounded in traditional French cooking techniques, but with Pacific Rim and Southern influences.The Smoked Pork Tenderloin cooked with a glaze made from Jack Daniels Whiskey (a Tennessee product) and served with grits couscous. Other entrees are based on free-range chicken, black sea bass and guinea fowl. The pastas are excellent as well.The setting is possibly the most elegant in Memphis—velvet curtains, fresh roses on the tables, and gilded mirrors on the walls. Jackets are required for men.
Occupying a lovely Victorian house built around 1900, Restaurant Iris has a romantic atmosphere where you can enjoy fine dining. Specialists in French-Creole cuisine there isn't much at served here that won't light your eyes up in excitement. Tease your palate with their choice of signature dishes like the Seared Moulard Breast, Grilled Lamb Loin and Halibut, and complement it with a succinct glass of wine. Restaurant Iris is also known for their seafood, with scintillation options such as Gulf oysters and scallops that send your taste-buds into a tingling frenzy.
This upscale bistro serves contemporary renditions of French-American cuisine, right from Foie Gras Monte Cristo and Tuna Tartare to Caramelized Wild Salmon and Pan Seared Halibut, all created under the watchful eye of Master Chef José Gutierrez. An extensive wine list featuring New and Old World wines perfectly complements the beautifully plated creations. While the food is undoubtedly stellar, the ambiance is no less, with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to filter in, making dining here a pleasurable experience.