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2000 Union St. (Buchanan St.) Send to Phone
Bustling brasserie serving traditional French cuisine interspersed with reinvented classics.

Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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: This spacious, vivacious brasserie at the corner of Union and Buchanan features a chic atmosphere. The stately dining room is handsome in its sharp black, white and red dressings --- dramatic red velvet curtains and comfortable booths hint at old-fashioned luxury, while high ceilings and colossal French doors keep things airy. The menu boasts sophisticated classics, mostly French: escargots, cracked crab, clams, plump shrimp in hefty stainless steel bowls packed with shaved ice. French-countryside entrées include a rustic and robust coq au vin, the skin crisped and caramelized, paired with creamy potato mousseline. Rather than upstage, a bed of hearty lentils braised in a red wine gastrique provides friendly rivalry to tender grilled arctic char. Look for the requisite selection of cheese and charcuterie. Desserts are lovely reinvented standards, such as a strawberry tart smartly paired with basil sorbet, while a nice twist on lemon tart includes a brûléed crust on top. The wine list touts 500 bottles, most of them French. Sunday-only happy hours beckon with half-off bargains.
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