on Monday night we returned to Oceanique and had a wonderful dinner of fish and seafood and on Tuesday we met with three friends for some incredible wines and an excellent meal at Restaurant Michael in Winnetka IL.
Photos - of course...
Oceanique- starting with the amuse....
a fabulous foie as an appetizer
A lovely lobster salad -
one of two excellent wines - from 2002 vintage- showed really well!
Phil's bouillabaisse which he loved!
and incredibly light chocolate mousse cake called night and day cake-
Phil's un-potted pot de crème (LOL)
and the champagne we were drinking early and to end the meal- a 1995 Cuvee Gabriel- from Gosset-Brabant
Then on Tuesday night we met friends Art and Michael along with Neil to go to Restaurant Michael in Winnetka... although kind of a hike for us city dwellers it is worth the extra half hour to get a chance to eat their fab food. Neil generously brought a 1988 Krug and a 1988 Pol Roger Winston Churchill along with an amazing 1985 burgundy (shown below) and Michael brought a tremendous 1982 Bordeaux (also shown below) -
The dinners are prixe fix 3 or 4 or 5 courses or a chef's tasting of 8 or so---
we each had the 3 and it was PLENTY of food. Phil and I started with the foie gras duo of crème brulee and a foie club sandwich. this was a winner! and since we had brought the Y'Quem we had Sauternes to go with it as well for the dessert course.
so my photo of the starter is not fabulous but the course certainly was- trust me!
then I had the rabbit and Phil the chicken- Neil had Halibut but I don't recall Michael and Art's choices... I do remember Art said he wanted to lick the plate - which might be a clue that he liked it- LOL
we had amazing desserts that didn't make it into photographs (they were too appealing (LOL) and so here is what was left of Phil's plate when I remembered to take a picture- LOL- sorry!
so while the photos from Michael do not begin to do it justice- it was also a highly recommended venue -
PS - Oceanique has no corkage fees on Mondays (usually 50 per) and Michael has no corkage on Tuesday (usually 30 per) both restaurants have extensive wine lists of their own so you will easily find choices for all budgets if you come on a night other than the ones I mentioned....