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Technique Restaurant (Cordon Bleu Culinary School)

RichInMV | Jan 6, 201102:45 PM

I'm heading out for my monthly trip back to Chicago, and as always, on the hunt for someplace good that I haven't tried. Since I stay either in the Loop, or in River North, I generally operate in a radius of a mile or two from there. I've eaten at many of the commonly named places on this board, and have found quite a few I like a lot.

I came across Technique, the student-run restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu, and am thinking of trying their 5-course menu - it's attractively priced, and as my wife graduated from culinary school last year, I have appropriately (low-ish) expectations of what this type of restaurant can produce.

I have not found any experiences here on Chowhound, so if anyone's been, I'd be interested in general comments. Since they rotate all their staff frequently, it would really be more of a commentary on who is overseeing the students, quality of ingredients, etc.

Also, if there are any other new, worthy restaurants to recommend, I'd appreciate that. I have no restrictions from a food point of view, but need to keep it to $30-40/pp without alcohol.

I can always fall back to old favorites like Avec (yeah, it's noisy), Sable, The Gage, Sepia, Naha, Vermilion, etc. but if there's something new, I'm always open to try it out. Thanks!

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Avec Restaurant
615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

Vermilion
10 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Sepia
123 North Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661

Naha
500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

The Gage
Chicago, Chicago, IL

Sable Kitchen & Bar
505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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