My wife and I had another great meal at Tournesol last night. This was the first time we have been since the change in chefs and we were both a little nervous that it would not be up to snuff -- Tournesol is one of our favorite neighborhood spots.
Anyway, the menu is similar to before, but with a few new dishes (braised veal cheeks I think is new) and some different preparations (the trout is no longer done in a brown butter and caper sauce now it's an English pea sauce, and the pork chop is done differently mushroom-based sauce now).
We both opted for the Tue-Thur. $22 three course prix fixe deal, and picked one of their Tue-Thur. $20 wine specials (we had a bottle of the 2002 Charles Baur Alsace Pinot Blanc). They seem to have expanded the choices for each course that can be put toward the prix fixe deal. There were three options for the first course as usual, I think. But either 5 or 6 for the second course.
First course: I had the onion tart, my wife the escargot. Both well done, very tasty.
Second course: My wife had the trout, I had the tilapia (which may be another new dish), sauteed with tomatoes, olive oil and garlic. The trout was more to my wife's liking. Subtler flavors. The tilapia was more to mine. Perfectly cooked, nice bright flavors. We will both miss the trout in brown butter and caper sauce with roasted brussel spruots though. It wasn't a revelatory dish, but it was always delicious.
Third course/dessert: We both went with the custard duo. Chocolate custard/creme brulee and a standard creme brulee. We both preferred the chocolate custard. The regular creme brulee was not as creamy as in times past. Not sure if this is related to the chef change or not, but it was a little too eggy in taste and texture.
Same solid service as usual, same relaxed, classy yet not stuffy atmosphere.
The Tournesol Tue-Thur prix fixe deal remains one of our favorite dining experiences. The chef change definitely won't be keeping us away.
4343 N. Lincoln Ave.