On a recent Tuesday night my wife and I dined for the first time at Le Bouchon. We were accompanied by another couple who were repeat patrons. The restaurant is in the mold of an authentic French bistro and is located in trendy Bucktown. The dining room is charming but small with closely spaced tables. When we arrived, the restaurant had only a few guests. Our reservation was for 6:45 p.m., and because we all arrived early, we opted to have some drinks at the bar that only accommodates about six people. The drinks were well made, amply poured, and reasonably priced. We were subsequently called to our table and after being seated the dining room and the bar filled up.
On Tuesdays the restaurant offers a prix fixe menu for which we all opted. Our selections included the French onion soup, the steamed mussels in white wine, and the green salad with lardons (small cubes of bacon) and egg. The soup was outstanding and the mussels were very tasty and fresh, but the salad, although good, could have been better were it not for the lardons being too fatty. For our entrées we all had the sautéed halibut served on a bed of rice with herbs and sliced bell peppers that was one of the specials for that night. The fish was fresh and the entire dish was very well prepared and delicious. Our desserts included the berries with vanilla anglaise, profiteroles, the crème brulée and the chocolate cake with ice cream that were all devoured with great pleasure. Our waiter was efficient and profession but as the restaurant filled up, his attentiveness fell off a bit. Also, because of the tight seating and the small size of the dining area, the noise level was high and hindered conversation. Due to the quality of the food, the reasonable prices, and the charming atmosphere, Le Bouchon is recommended with a four plus rating.
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