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Chicago Restaurants

Les Nomades

Updated 06/11/2013

Fodor's Review

Intimate and elegant doesn't make headlines, but Les Nomades holds a torch for tender refinements. Wood-burning fireplaces and original art warm the dining rooms of this Streeterville brownstone, and the carefully composed menu of French food includes the usual suspects, such as duck consommé, but also more contemporary fare, such as warm asparagus with crispy poached egg, and earthy indulgences like roasted squab breast with crispy sweetbreads. You can compose your own

prix-fixe dinner from the menu; four courses cost $115; five courses cost $130.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

222 E. Ontario St., Chicago, Illinois, 60611, USA

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Phone:

312-649–9010

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Updated 06/11/2013

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Jul 17, 2009

Excellent

Had dinner there last night. Food and service were excellent. Will go back on my next visit to Chicago.

By Martin

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Jun 3, 2005

fast food French style

We returned to Les Nomades recently after enjoying a good meal there 2 years ago. Considering that the waiters, sommellier and chef had all changed in the interim, it was surprisingly consistent. The new sommellier was fine, but we missed the previous waiter. It was annoying to have the current waiter use Barsac and Sauternes interchangeably when suggesting a sweet wine with the foie gras. He was unrepentent when corrected, saying it was the same

thing. (Top Sauternes have a delicate complexity that is unobtainable in Barsac.) In any event, the foie gras was excellent, as was my wife's lobster appetizer. Asparagus soup was bland and cried out for additional seasoning. The duck consomme was served in a soup bowl: nice flavor but not the most concentrated. Fish dishes were perfectly undercooked. While the lobster sauce lacked depth of flavor, this was largely compensated for by an unexpected chunk of lobster meat balanced on the filet. The typical small molten-centered chocolate cake was very good, served with a tiny portion of sorbet the size of a large olive. Except for soups, portions are small, meaning that many will prefer the 5 course menu which includes both fish and meat. Service was somewhat rushed. The desserts arrived with the dessert wine menu immediately after the main course had been cleared - while we still had a third of a bottle of wine left to finish. When we protested, they were promptly removed and fresh plates served some 20 minutes later. The tables on either side of us were seated later but left before we did, having completed their 4-course meals in about 90 minutes (leaving a third of a bottle of wine unfinished in one instance...) So if you have $300 -$400 to splurge on a quick bite... This is still an excellent French restaurant, and although it may be more like a good Barsac than a top Sauterne, most people will not be disappointed.

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By Cookie

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Apr 6, 2005

An education in french cuisine

I'm from the Chicago area, and I take my boyfriend here every year for his birthday. I think it's the best restaurant in Chicago. We always sit upstairs, which is warm and intimate, with a fireplace and beautiful flowers. The cuisine is french traditional without being too heavy (go with the 4-course prix-fixe instead of the 5 to keep things lighter), and the waiters somehow provide perfectly attentive service without being intrusive.

By ALW

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May 17, 2001

Look, Ma, No Buckshot!

Had the wild pheasant (see above) - very good. But the potatoes with black truffles carried the meal. The desserts were also tasty (the fruit dish I had was nice and tart -- not US sweet). Atmosphere was a little stiff, though. Not much fun to eat in, despite the high-quality food.

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