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Atlantique - A Birthday Review LONG

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Atlantique - A Birthday Review LONG

Alise | May 5, 2004 03:39 PM

hello all!

I had the great pleasure of revisiting a restaurant that I have only been to once before. My boyfriend and I celebrated his b-day there last night. I had remembered this place as having excellent food a few years back so we decided to return for an encore.

The Wine
I was the only drinker of libations so I ordered a white sparkling bordeux. I am not very educated on wine but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very fruity and moderately priced compared to the other selections. ($8)

The Starters
Roasted Pear Salad with a Apple Cider Vinegarette
I am a great fan of this salad at other restaurants. But I have to admit almost EVERYONE is doing this salad nowadays. So I actually tried to discourage JB from ordering this one. (Pick something different!) He ignored me and I am so glad he did! This salad was gorgeous! Roasted pears...maytag blue that was creamy and restrained...the greens fresh...but the vinegarette! At first I couldn't put my finger on it...but the taste was extraordinary...hazelnut oil! I coveted that salad.

Lobster bisque
Rich, smoky, and too decadent! I could only eat half. The lump of lobstermeat in the center was tender and flavorful.

The Entrees
Him: Grilled Halibut with Basil Pesto Risotto and Asparagus
I am not a fish eater, but JB is. His usual response to "Lets get some seafood" is "Which coast we going to?" He turns up his nose at almost all seafood in the Midwest. "We're landlocked for gods sake!" But he adores the fish here. Flaky, but not dry. No fishy taste. Moist and meltingly good. The risotto did not overpower the fish and the asparagus was good with that nice bite.

Me: Beef Tenderloin with Lobster Mashed Potatos
I am not a fish eater. Sorry...haven't met a fish that I liked. So after being gently admonished by the waiter, I ordered the beef, med rare. The beef was good...good cut. Wonderful sauce, wine based, just enough salt, very hearty. The beef was medium not med rare. But all was forgiven when I ate the Lobster mashed...lumps of lobster...more bisque and butter! No skimping here!

The dessert:
We wanted molten chocolate cake, but it was not finished yet in the kitchen. That sounded suspicious to me, but oh well. We sipped delicious coffee. We like it strong.

The service:
Lots of attention from the waiter and bus staff. Water, bread, and coffee always replenished.

The price:
Great price for higher end dining. Bill ended up being $79 w/out tip. I can't eat there every weekend but it was a perfect birthday gift.

I will definitely be back.

Atlantique
5101 N Clark St

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