Restaurants & Bars 10

Le Deux Gros

dougk | Dec 30, 2002 10:56 AM

The wife and I are lucky enough to have a friend who was chosen to be on Check Please, and are accompanying her on the adventure. Saturday night we went out to Glen Ellyn to Le Deux Gros, which anybody who knows me knows that getting me to go to the suburbs is nearly impossible. I get a nosebleed going any further than Oak Park. While expensive, the meal was worth the trip. I started with an appetizer of sweetbreads and snails with puff pastry in an incredibly garlicy rich sauce, my wife had the charcuterie plate, which had a venison pate, a chicken liver pate and soissison (sp?). The venison pate was unremarkable, the sausage was good but I could buy better in half a dozen places, the chicken liver pate was amazing. Creamy, rich, just perfect. We took the advice of our excellent waiter, Roberto, and had the matched flite of wines, which were very well matched to the food, and I think pretty economical for a place on the pricey side. It's a fixed price menu setup, you can choose 3 or 4 courses, with the four course menu getting an added fish dish, which I chose, since the wife is not a seafood lover. The fish course was escarol on a bed of spinach and onions carmelized with balsamic vinegar with a sauce that tasted like slightly less sweet sauce anglaise, the fish was perfectly cooked, moist and succulent. For the main course, I had the game plate, which consisted of duck breast, squab and rabbit loin wrapped in prociutto. All were very good, but the rabbit seemed excessively salty. The wife had beef tenderloin wrapped in pastry with a sort of mushroom custard and a morel cream sauce, sort of like beef Wellington, easily my favorite dish of the evening, perfectly rare beef wrapped in mushroomy pastry goodness. Dessert for me was the cheese plate, the only disappointment of the evening, cheeses I could have picked out at whole foods in the bargain bin. Good, but hardly what I expect at the price being charged for dinner. My wife however had the apple assortment, a wonderful soufle, ice cream and strudel combo that was top notch. All in all, a very good dinner, and a place I would go back to for a special occasion.

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