We looked so forward to visiting Bonsoiree for a special evening and came away frustrated and disappointed. We pre-ordered the four course menu and then added an extra course that our waiter suggested. When we arrived a little before six the restaurant was empty but for one table of two. We asked that we not be seated in a corner table for two with the wall jutting out so you couldn't sit comfortably. This caused a real stir with them saying they would have to rearrange tables, etc. Well by the time we left, the restaurant still wasn't full and obviously there was no problem with where we sat. The waiter/manager poured out proseco which he proceeded to spill some of it on the table. This was the first of three times they would have to wipe up our table due to the proseco spills. When I offered to left the glass and hold it sideways he said, no. I was also told that it was the proper way to pour champagne by leaving the glass on the table and that the had three years in wine school training. I realize this is a controversial area with new scientific evidence saying to tilt the glass to help retain the bubbles. He told me I was wrong. Since when do you tell a customer he is wrong. We waited during service several times to have our plates cleared. Our waiter was talking to other tables about the many places he had lived in Chicago or how the city gives him problems with the BYOB aspects of the restaurant.
Our first course arrived which was a salad of octopus and lobster with supposed watermelon cubes that had been brined in chocolate topped with black sea salt. He suggested we use our chopsticks to eat it. I am sorry, but I am not eating four in tendrils for octopi with chopsticks. Small bites and dainty eating are my style. The octopus was very good, the watermelon cubes, no chocolate taste were overly salty and the lobster just strange.
Our second course was a corn gazpacho. The plate was a lovely bowl with a huge flat surface around the edges to hold various condiments. There were two types of mushrooms, both quite good, but one rather dry. A tiny of chives and sesame seeds was delicious. One side featured tiny brunoised red pepper. It was almost impossible to pick up with either the chop sticks or the heavy soup spoon. The corn soup was chilled and had a fresh corn flavor. However, it lacked seasoning and came across rather flat.
Our third course, the add-on, was duck, duck, goose. A tiny piece of fois gras seared with a bit or pureed fig. It was tasty and good. The fig, just rather plain. The seared duck breast slice was quite rare, very tender and lacked seasoning. The duck confit was to die for, but who doesn't love duck cooked in duck fat.
Our main entree was a pork chop with all kinds of crazy stuff. There was edamame on the plate with strawberries and tomatoes in kind of a compot, popcorn popped in butter and garlic, plus maple syrup along the edge of the plate. My pork chop was good, but no exceptional, dry in the middle, maybe a little over cooked. The popcorn was the highlight of the meal. Definitely will try it at home.
Dessert came, cookies and milk. The milk was a yogurt based shake with something "soy". It was very good. The cookies were dreadful except for the lovely raspberry on top of a brownie concoction. The bill before our coupon discount was $155, not including tip. Grossly over priced.
This restaurant has arrogant service and mediocre food. I have had food that is playful but excellently combined, e.g. French Laundry Keller's "Bacon and eggs" or "Oysters and Pearls". They are like heaven on a spoon. For the chefs at Bonsoiree to execute this type of food they need better palates. The flavors didn't work most of the time, things were just too bizarre or improperly seasoned.
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