Brindille | River North | French | Restaurant
Chill, spendy French restaurant from chef Carrie Nahabedian (Naha).

Our Review

A sedate, nominally "Parisian" white-tablecloth concept from chef Carrie Nahabedian of Naha, Brindille ("brawn-DEE") has price points likely to keep out all but the highest income brackets on any regular basis. But is it worth a splurge for the rest of us? The focused menu of appetizers and entrees showcases extravagance as well as Nahabedian's commitment to seasonal ingredients, featuring dishes like king crab merus—the fat part of the claw—the fat part of the claw—with truffles, Sauternes, and spring-pea puree. They’re so consistently muted in seasoning however, that you may find yourself marveling at the freshness of the claw meat in the signature lobster Brindille while also wishing for a bit more acidity or salt in the beurre blanc. Desserts are a bit livelier. A distorted, glassy sugar flume houses levels of chocolate mousse, chocolate pound cake, souffle, and cream for a surreally constructed dessert; even better is a flanlike cherry-almond clafoutis—a creamy, oven-baked tart that's worth the 20-minute wait. Barring those, there is a selection of a dozen French cheeses and a staff well equipped to pair wines with them—or any of the courses, for that matter—from a list dominated by France, with healthy representations from Italy, Spain, and California. Read the full review >>

Mike Sula

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