Ashley's is not a typical hotel restaurant. It is off the lobby of the recently restored and very beautiful 1870's Capital Hotel. A Chef has been brought in from a quality New Orleans restaurant to head the kitchen. I went there for a business lunch and made reservations. A valet takes your car out front (and apparently it is no charge except for any tip you might want to leave). You walk in the overwhelmingly fine lobby and from there into Ashley's. Thought the folks in there couldn't have been nicer, it is so classy that an ordinary guy like me automatically feels to make sure my shirt tail isn't hanging out. The lunch menu starts at $13 and a three course meal for $15 or so. It is a good value considering the type of food, service and surroundings. The menu is diverse, and the dishes we had tasted fine and were nicely presented. The chef came around and was very nice. We asked for a tour of the kitchen and only then do you get a full understanding of the quality of the place. There was a pastry section with three pastry chefs. They showed us some kind of large oven device where they "cure" all their meats - I had no idea that this even went on anymore. The ovens were imported from Europe and were burgundy metal with brass trim (not that this added to the food quality but they were impressive). We toured the wine cellar which can be rented for private dinners. Ashley's hasn't caught on with the locals despite the obvious quality of the place and the place was not full. They have dropped the prices and are doing other things to reach out to the locals.This is definitely a place to try. I have not tried dinner, which I am sure is a bit pricier.
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