Monday, January 26, 2015

French Connection

Take two for LM Bistro in the Felix Hotel


Rome wasn’t built in a day, and mastery of French cuisine apparently takes a couple attempts.

After closing their Lincoln Square restaurant, the LM empire is starting over with a French Renaissance in the Felix Hotel.

LM Bistro will ditch the classic menu that led to the former location's demise and focus on a classic French bistro experience. Think croissants overlooking the Seine, except replace the croissants with quail risotto and the Left Bank with LaSalle Boulevard.

Oui oui, indeed.

Inside, the space’s orange walls are muted by brown wallpaper, and rows of two and four-top tables are primed for business lunches of foie gras burgers and romantic dinners of suckling pig and cassoulet.

Or you could flex your French muscles and use the language of love to turn that business lunch into a legit relationship.

To make that happen, you'll need a solid foundation, and an extensive list of French varieties makes it easy. The local twist is that any glass of bubbly can be turned into a cocktail with a shot of Combier’s fruit liquor.

That's what we call French Enlightenment.

LM Bistro
111 W. Huron St. (N. LaSalle), River North
(312) 202-9900

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Brown Line to Chicago or Red Line to Chicago
Scene: An easy option for guests staying in the hotel as well as executives conquering the business world
Best bets: Marinated yellowtail; bistro steak; LM burger
Sunday supper: Prix-fixe dinner can be bought at a discount on Sunday nights, with bottles of wine on the cheap as well
Nearby: Tavernita; 25 Degrees; Highball Lounge

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