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Les Deux Autres

Bill from Downers Grove | Oct 10, 2005 01:16 PM

My wife and I had a very good dinner at Les Deux Autres in Glen Ellyn Saturday night (see link below for menu, etc.).

The room is moderately large (the sign posts their capacity as 91) and was well-attended but not full. It's broken into 2 or 3 dining areas (I couldn't quite tell from where we sat), so you feel like you're in a pretty intimate space. Dark wood paneling gives it a formal feel, but not unfriendly. Crowd was nice casual to pretty well-dressed.

The food...I'd heard a bit of buzz about Greg Lutes cooking (formerly of Courtright's), and it was definitely good.

We promptly received a small amuse of pate with sweet corn relish and a mustard sauce.

For appetizers we split the baby frisee salad...intending to save room for dessert. It was followed by a melon-ball-sized palate cleanser of lychee fruit sorbet. Since I'd never had anything with lychee fruit, it was a nice bit of an eye-opener.

I had the game duo from the daily specials (quail stuffed w/veal sausage and a tenderloin of bison, blueberry & red wine sauce). My wife had the pillow-sized scallops with the potato-lobster ravioli. Both were very good. I had the outstanding pumpkin souffle for dessert (the souffle du jour) and my wife had the trio of creme brulees. The creme brulees were very well executed, but if they have the pumpkin souffle, get it! The owner/pastry chef served the souffle (and poured in the creme anglaise). A nice touch or an indication of short staffing? I'll guess the former.

On paper it looked like a modest amount of food, but we left VERY full. We actually felt we could have split either the dessert or the entree and have been perfectly full.

As for service...mostly ups and a couple of downs. Our waiter was quite good...very attentive and he made a good suggestion of a glass of pinot noir with the game duo. The waiters apparently make the mixed drinks and ours had to ask another to make my wife's. Just an interesting point. Is this common? The supporting cast had a few slips. Rolls were served without any butter (we needed to ask a couple of times); we had to ask for coffee with dessert. I later learned that my wife had noted that it was my birthday dinner when she made reservations and was told that we'd get a glass of champagne for the occasion. There was no mention of it. No loss foodwise, and I didn't much care, but my wife noticed and I guess if the situation were reversed, I'd have noticed, too.

Overall a very nice evening with only minor quibbles. I'd go back.

--Bill

Link: http://www.ldafrenchcuisine.com

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