100 W. Monroe St., Chicago, 60603
Rating: The Michelin Plate
What the Michelin inspectors said…
Though it’s attached to the Hyatt, Cochon Volant is a favourite with Loop locals and sightseers alike for its timeless warmth. Round bistro tables and bentwood chairs are clustered across the mosaic-tiled floor, while a broad, marble-topped bar is bustling with patrons from lunch to happy hour.
Brasserie favourites dominate the menu, ranging from rustic French onion soup to lavish raw seafood plateaux. Steak frites is juicy and flavoursome with a tender prime cut of bavette, offered with five sauce options like a classic béarnaise or rich Roquefort. Breakfast is delicious, but for those who don’t have time to sit and stay a while, the takeaway bakery lets commuters snag a pastry (cinnamon or coffee donut holes are never a bad idea) and coffee to go.
We want to try…
Shrimp and avocado salade niçoise, with jumbo shrimp, anchovy, avocado, marinated tomatoes, haricots verts, niçoise olives, fingerling potatoes and a lemon sherry vinaigrette $18.95.