Had dinner for the first time at the Franklin Room. I found it on Google and the reviews, menu and ambiance looked great. We were promptly seated at a table for two near the bar with our 7:30 reservation on a Saturday night. I would recommend reservations, as the place was very full.
We were promptly served our drinks and ordered a half-dozen oysters to start the evening. The oysters arrived promptly and were served with a lemon ice, chili sauce and lemon wedges and were topped with pickled cucumber. I found the chili sauce to be a bit too much for delicate oysters. The lemon ice was perfect and added just the right amount of lemon flavor to compliment the cucumber and salty oysters.
For dinner, I opted for the braised lamb shank. Dinner partner ordered the steak frites. The steal arrived medium rare, as ordered, and was accompanied with house cut fries topped with what looked like grated parmesan. The plate also had a subtle mustard sauce and whipped hollandaise. The steak was super tender and perfectly seasoned. It did not need either sauce, but was good with both. The fries were crisp and never became limp during the course of the dinner.
The lamb shank was huge and fall off the bone tender. I did not need to use a knife. It was presented with perfectly cooked fingerling potatoes, carrots and a purple potato, all swimming in a subtly lamb jus. The shank had a great lamb flavor without being too strong. The vegetables and jus were perfect accompaniments to the rich lamb. The portion was huge and I could not finish all that I was served. I would highly recommend either of the entrees ordered by our table.
Service was professional and swift. We were never left wanting anything.
Since we were sitting so close to the bar, we had a delightful show watching the professional bar staff create the myriad of specialty cocktails offered at the Franklin Room. They work really hard to create those delicious blends.
Our first visit to the Franklin Room was terrific. I would highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning on our next visit to the Windy City.
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