Creative Loafing restaurant critic Jennifer Zyman reviews The Luminary, awarding Eli Kirshtein's Krog Street Market brasserie one out of five stars. Zyman says the restaurant needs to improve to showcase Kirshtein's talent as a chef:
[Manager Jeremy Iles'] gracious service and the quality of the wine list cannot make up for Kirshtein's shortcomings as a first-time restaurateur and chef. French cuisine should warm you from the inside out, but the Luminary's overall lack of passion, personality, skill, and purpose left me cold. I have to believe Kirshtein can do better; his efforts at the Luminary do little to showcase his capability as a chef. After trying most of the menu, I'm still left wondering: "Where's Eli? What's he doing?"
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