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Re: “RL

Aside from the rude hostess my experience at the RL Restaurant was good and I'd probably go back. I went with a friend for lunch and we both enjoyed the lobster club ($20) which was good, though I think I'd try something else next time I went. The bread basket was wonderful and I couldn't keep from eating all the yummy crackle bread! We split a piece of rich chocolate cake for dessert which was good but still a bit farther from what I expected.
The atmosphere here is great. I felt like I was at Country Club for lunch. Yes, the tables are close together, but I really didn't mind it.
I'd be back in the winter to enjoy a warm drink by the fireplace, or sit outside in the summer to try one of the many salads on their menu.

Posted by Robyn Traub on 11/15/2005 at 11:34 AM

Re: “CHIC Cafe

We had a dinner for two on a Saturday night at 7:30 and there were only 2 other groups in the dining room. The atmosphere is minimalist with some nice photos on the brick walls, and a great partial view of the el and the city...but then you look towards the back of the restaurant and realize yes, you are in a cooking school! A large window lets you watch the student chefs prepare your meal, which is of course half the fun.

With everything looking like a real restaurant, it's easy to forget that your dinner is these students "class" experience. Our waiter let us know that it was his first night but he was attentive without being too in-your-face.

We brought a bottle of wine, and selected from the two options in each 4-course category. I was hungry and nibbled on the bread and 3 flavors of butter but wasn't room for what follows. I enjoyed the shrimp with sauteed spinach appetizers and my date relished the crab cakes -- both were delicately arranged and were fantastic. Next I had a mixed greens salad with cherry vinagrette dressing which was decent, and my date had a pureed lentil soup which was also ok. We both loved our entrees ordering the steak with scalloped potatoes and green beans -- this was the height of the meal! Dessert sounded and looked fantastic - a chocolate cake with strawberries and a fruite cobler with ice cream -- but the student chefs forgot to warm the desserts in the oven making me experience a bit less enjoyable.

All in all the bill was just a bit over $50 and you can't beat that...I'd definitely go back and try the Sunday brunch too.

Posted by Robyn Traub on 01/10/2005 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Oysy

I've been wanting to try this South Loop sushi restaurant for some time now and was happy I came for lunch. The space is wonderful, open, and modern. I really enjoyed the chic decor, especially a little glass cube on the tabe that changed different shades of calming blues and greens. The floor-to-ceiling windows let you enjoy watching the people outside and the booth for 2 patrons was small but comfortable. I enjoyed the strong Japanese tea; the miso soup was good but I don't think I needed the heavy metal spoon they gave. I ordered the Green Turtle roll and the Miami Maki and was comfortably full. The Green Turtle was great rivaling that at Tsunami with green spicy sauce. The Miami Maki was deep fried with cream cheese and each piece took two huge bites to chew.

All in all I liked Oysy. It's a great location, the service was good and I'd probably go back.

Posted by Robyn Traub on 01/07/2005 at 2:37 PM

I love Bongo Room and had high aspirations for Room 12, its sister restaurant. The restaurant is in a great location right next to the Roosevelt Red, Green & Orange line trains and the service is good (no wait either!). The dining room is bright and sunny and the is conducive to conversation. Coffee is a great start here and the menu choices will make your stomach growl just reading chocolate chip pancakes? Strawberry rhubarb french toast? Everything was delicious -- unique ingredients and a great way to start your weekday morning before heading into the office. I can't wait to go back!

Posted by Robyn Traub on 10/12/2004 at 2:15 PM

Re: “RA Sushi

Ra is a great addition to the area. The decor and lighting of the dining area was very comfortable and our server was very friendly. Loved the pineapple cheese wontons, and we split 5 good rolls. I love that they have lobster rolls which aren't as common, and the price was very decent. The coconut ice cream was a great dessert for 4 people to split, and the martini drinks were yummy! I would definitely visit again. There's a great happy hour from 4-7 that includes 1/2 price appetizers which are pretty good!

Posted by Robyn Traub on 09/30/2004 at 2:42 PM

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