Classic French restaurant with private-club ambience.

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Around since the late 90s, this is still one of the best fine restaurants in Chicago, its traditional tone marked by chef Roland Liccioni's refined sauces, decadent ingredients in intricate flavor combinations, and gorgeous plate presentations. Duck consomme is clear as day, with concentrated, rich duck flavor, and served with a mushroom quenelle and organic root vegetables. An appetizer of roasted squab breast is dressed with cabbage, bacon, and celery root; butter-poached Maine lobster comes with a rich risotto topped with lobster sauce. Glistening baby beets and juicy orange sections are gently tossed with roasted red peppers, basil, and pine nuts and served with rich goat cheese phyllo crisps. Roasted veal tenderloin and crispy veal sweetbreads are accompanied by creamy polenta, forest mushrooms, and spring peas, all in a perigueux sauce (a veal stock reduction with truffles). The wine list is broad in terms of variety, vintage, and price, and it's served by attentive waiters who've mastered pairing.

Laura Levy Shatkin

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Payment Type: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

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