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Bistro Margot Review.... & BYOB 2002 Burgundy comments

Chicago Mike | Jun 6, 200402:02 AM

Recently had dinner at Bistro Margot with a couple friends, both lifelong discriminating foodie/winebuffs. We BYOB'd 3 Burgundies: '05 Chamboll-Musigny, '95 Bouchard Pere L'Enfant Jesus and an '02 Fourchamme vineyard Chablis.

BM has a very BYO friendly policy @ $10 / bottle corking.

By wine notes, the Chamboll had reasonably food-friendly pepper/cinnamon notes, the '02 Chablis was fair albeit the 3rd bottle of white '02 that has underwhelmed. The '95 Bouchard indistinct and bitter. 1995 was only an "average" year for red burgs wheras '02 continues to get plenty of press as the best vintage since '96.

Back to food... For apps had the Crab & Seafood mousse. Would call this "okay... decent with the white, obviously a taste clash with the red"

The Roast Chicken entree... great with the white burgundy. Nice delicate flavor enhancement going on there. the accompanying pomme frittes were nicely done and enough for 3 or 4 (certainly the entree easily splits 2 ways).

The Duck entree... just not quite certain of the flavor. When duck tastes just a bit "off", it's like venison "off"... in the end not a great sign. Decent with the reds.

Tilapia filet entree... solid, basic.

When the smoke clears, nothing about the meal is particularly memorable.

Early in the meal the proprietor (and his wife) of one of the world's largest wine retail outlets was seated nearby. He and my friends are longtime acquaintances... it's an impressive endorsement to see him dining here. We chatted and sent over a few glasses later to their table.

We had 3 desserts, none of which was profoundly memorable, or even average memorable.

Ticket for 3 with corkage, tax, tip was approx. $150.

At the end of the day, I was underwhelmed and would instead recommend eating here for lunch, and preferably outside at their very nice sidewalk cafe. I'd put a "value feeling" here at less than $25-30, which means lunch. Interior is very cramped with wall to wall tables. Very sardiney.

Cafe Bernard was our alternative, but we opted here because of convenience. would prefer CB by wide margin for dinner, no contest really. Also corkage is only $6!

So, in order, preference would be Lunch outside, light dinner outside, or possibly lunch inside if not crowded. Dinner inside, no.

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