Chicago-Near North Side
May 11, 2018
One of Chicago’s most anticipated openings in a while, Carrie Nahabedian’s second restaurant – after NAHA Brindille, located just a block away from the mothership, has been a long time coming. They wanted to get things just right, and first impressions suggest that the wait has been worth it. The menu is much more traditionally Parisian than its predecessor. The small plate trend has been temporarily cast aside for the more convention three/four course model with a menu featuring around nine hors d’oeuvres options, eight entrees and four desserts alongside a seriously epic selection of oozing French cheeses. It’s all very French in fact. There’s foie gras and steak tartare, a wicked sounding potato tarte tatin and a house lobster dish. The interior is classical too, all cream and silver grey with understated wall art, crisp white linen and fine bone china, everything very refined and elegant; a display case houses a collection of finds from Nahabedian’s travels, including a piece of 200-million-year-old agate. The wine list is fat book of a thing, encompassing around 200 bottles, which roams pleasingly around the various regions of France while also including a few other Old World and domestic wines. There’s a selection of inventive cocktails using unusual ingredients a striated strawberry caviar cocktail has us particularly excited and they even stock a selection of absinthe which are served in the traditional way.