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Posted by Paul L on 03/21/2011
Aside from above-average French onion soup, the remainder of our meal was regrettably mediocre at best. Service was confused and unenthusiastic, the food was fair, but over-cooked, and the price was higher than it should be considering the atmosphere and meal. Continuing the search for French cuisine in my city. I was sincerely hoping my neighborhood French restaurant would have been better.
Posted by Kathy on 12/30/2010
I made our reservation two weeks ago based on a recomendation on Check Please. Our reservation was for Wednesday December 30,2010. We arrived and wanted to use the valet service, well my husband & my future son in law waited outside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes my future son in law came in and said to the hostess that he & my husband have been standing out there and there was no one to take the car. We all of us were finally together & was seated at our table, I did reserve by the window as it was portrayed by the restaurant that the view would be awesome, well forget that, the glass was filthy and you could barely see out of it. Ok now we are seated, one gentleman comes and fills our water glass & I had to ask for our waiter well about 8 minutes later he finally shows up, he did not introduce himself. We order a bottle of wine which was way over priced, their mark up is at least 5 times higher than you would see anywhere else. It took forever to get our wine. So we ordered the appetizers and they did come promptly. We then ordered our main entrees which again was at least 40 minutes later. I ordered with my entree a side order of the creme fraiche mashed potatoes which came cold. I sent them back and the second time they were not warm. I at that point did not care and was not going to hold up the meal for the rest of my group. The onion soup was lacking a good amount of cheese. I would never recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere was loud and they do have curtains to deaden the noise but they do not know how to properly us them.
Posted by Jewell on 09/30/2010
We tried all the tried and trues. Best onion soup we have ever had - yummy rich broth and lots of melted cheese. I had roasted chicken - which was the best chicken ever - served with roasted veggies which were overcooked for my tastes. My husband had steak which he thought was very good served with pomme frites? - really? - it looked more like potates gratin or something but certainly not french fries. We finished with great creme brulee. Decor was so - so but service was very good. I thought it was a nice evening if pretty pricey for us. If I return I will get soup and maybe a salad. Chicken was worth getting aqgain but 1/2 chicken is way too much and it was wasted. Give this place a try.
Posted by Michigan Foodie on 10/13/2009
Went for dinner with a group of 6 on a Saturday night. The location is perhaps the best in town. Price structure is trmendous for what you get. A warmly lit place with no pretentiousness whatsoever. The food was superb throughout. The bread served with butter and a roasted garlic bulb was great. I had the escargots encased in puff pastry with an herb butter and it was superb. The best snails i've ever had. They no longer had the pied de cochon as an app so that was disapointing but these made up for most of it. And whatever they didnt, the cassoulet did. Simply one of the best plates of food i've had in a long time. The melding of flavors is worked to perfection. It comes with a whole duck leg confit, about 3-4 chunks of lamb, and a medallion of what appeared to be housemade sausage. the meats were tender and incredibly flavorful and the base of the white beans cooked with pancetta and onions was great by itself. Very good wine list. The french onion soup and creme brulee are also superb. The difference in the creme brulee seems to be a slightly thicker sugar coating on top then most places. It is what stood out to me. That and the real vanilla bean used. Overall a great meal, one of the best i've had in Chicago. Combine the food with the incredible location and the fairly gentle price structure and you have one of the best food destinations in Chicago.
Posted by Lyce Empress on 08/29/2007
We had the onion soup and the creme brulee, which we had heard raves about. They lived up to their hype! Loved all the food, the atmosphere was wonderful. Great location too. Would highly recommend.
Posted by Sheila on 11/08/2006
This is just a lovely place with a great location. I've been there for lunch and dinner and it's consistently good. The quiche lorraine is superb! The table bread with roast garlic spread is sublime! Creme brulee to die for!! Duck confit is wonderful. Cassoulets are flavorful.