840 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 60607
Rating: The Michelin Plate
What the Michelin inspectors said…
It’s impossible not to love this place. The overstuffed curio cabinet and blue French metal chairs aren’t true antiques, for this gorgeously dishevelled and rather classy brasserie isn’t as old as the mirror’s artful patina would have you believe. A handsome bar mixing contemporary and classic cocktails adds to the vintage atmosphere.
Fill up on French comfort food under the glow of mismatched crystal chandeliers, or head to the second-floor bar to snack on oysters and frites. The Lyonnaise salad is downright beautiful, tossing escarole, frisée and baby romaine in chive vinaigrette beneath a soft-boiled egg and chunks of grilled pork belly. Steak tartare satisfies from beginning to end, and the crème brûlée makes for a deliciously textbook finish.
We want to try…
Tenderloin steak tartare with slow cooked egg yolk, capers, parsley and Calabrian chili ($21.95).