Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tax Shelter

Fly to Paris or dine at this restaurant


Tax refunds. Who needs 'em?

French women. Who doesn't?
Burn that free money in one luxurious blaze of French seduction at Brindille, River North's new sanctuary for Francophiles from celeb chef Carrie Nahabedian.
With lobster Brindille tipping the scales at $48, impress your Carla Bruni lookalike with other extravagant entrees including the always elegant rib of beef with potato tarte tatin and bone marrow — yours to enjoy on tables covered with not one, but two, tablecloths.

Or duck into the curved alcove hiding a round table for an extra intimate experience. And to guarantee the intimacy, order the warm baked cherry and almond clafoutis with crème chantilly (that's fancy talk for cake and cream).
An equally impressive drink menu offers the expected French wines and champagnes along with something called an "absinthe pipe." Not your grandfather’s cocktail (unless your grandfather was a mustache-twirling Parisian artist), it's an elegant contraption used to consume chilled absinthe.

If Uncle Sam didn't intend your refund to be spent on foie gras and frog legs, then how do you explain this place?

534 N. Clark St. (at Grand Ave.) River North
(312) 595-1616

Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 1 (out of 4)
Subway: Red Line to Grand
Scene: Special occasion diners and upscale eaters seeking a gourmet downtown destination
Best bets: Steak tartare; lobster Brindille; duck breast
Nearby: Naha; Sunda; La Madia

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