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Le Lan Dynamite

Food Junkie | Aug 24, 2004 12:16 PM

After hearing Sherman Kaplan rave about Le Lan in his review, I decided to finally give Le Lan a shot. I had high expectations after hearing the review and knowing that Le Lan is a Roland and Arun production. However after reading the Pat Bruno article and the table hopping in the Tribune, I was expecting to spend big bucks. I am not a snob but since when did a restaurant in River North with a beautiful interior with one entree that is $30 or over become expensive? There were three of us at the table....I had the Curried Monkfish...which was a beautiful dish that was the best presentation and tasting monkfish i have had...for $25 ....the other members of our party had a coconut chicken conconction...$18 that she enjoyed very much....and another member had the Rack of Lamb with a mint tamarind sauce....for $29 which he said was the best rack of lamb he had in this city...sorry some restaurant in New York got the prize for best he ever had.....We all had a salad,entree, and dessert....and before tax and tip our three course pricing ranged between 36 and 45...now I will say that we did bypass two of the more expensive appetizers....that were $12 but they involved scallops and lobsters....the only complaint we had about the entire meal was that the Rau Thom salad was the only Vietnamese based salad and I was looking forward to a good banana leaf salad..the Rau Thom was not terrible just not equal to the rest of the meal.... to make Rau Thom appealing you need to drown it in a dressing which they did.

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