As usual, excellent food, great service, good wine list. The aural ambiance was annoying this time. 1. There was a constant mechanical sound, like a vent motor (approx. F#) that was loud enough to equal the background music, the two ended up mixing into a wall of sound that made it difficult to hear my wife, just across from me. The diners also seemed louder than usual.
The dining area is uncomfortably narrow and long. Our table made my chair far enough into the passageway that I was frequently brushed by diners and servers.
Always ask for a table on the rail of the dining balcony. (The big lower level is apparently only used for special dinners?)
The best dish was the appetizer, "corn bread with foie gras and mushrooms." Tasty mushrooms, but the foie gras coating inside the copious corn bread was too thin.
My pricey sea bass serving was about 2.5" X 4" X .75", but perfectly prepared. The Brussel sprouts on the side were tough.
The sorbet dessert was excellent, generous, and had a fine variety of tastes.
James remains one of the best restaurants in the area - we'll return as often as possible.