**** (4 stars)
Lettuce Entertain You always does a good job with their concepts, and Mon Ami Gabi is no exception. Although it is one of the oldest concepts in the portfolio, it is showing no sign of age. This is probably due to its classic French Brasserie theming, which is perfect.
As others have mentioned, the French bread served at the start of the meal is 100% authentic.
We started by sharing the chilled seafood platter, which was a good deal considering all that it included, and was a perfect starter for a table of three.
The artichoke appetizer is served chilled, which isn’t my favorite, and I prefer a mayonnaise based sauce, but my companions like it. I liked my mousse pate, and it was even better with the brioche that accompanied the smoked salmon, which was also excellent.
The mussels were also good, another classic preparation.
Trout was just okay, a bit on the dry side, but my Prime New York strip was a top notch steak. As others have mentioned, the accompanying frites are unusually thin, more like ribbons than traditional pomme frites.
We finished with chocolate mousse that was light and fluffy.
The wine list is the weak spot of the restaurant. Somewhat logically it is all French. But except for some nice Champagnes there are no great wines on the list. They’ve obviously made an effort to keep prices below $200, but since the markup is about three times retail, there aren’t really any wines on the list that manage a rating above 90 points.
Service was professional and attentive.
Mon Ami Gabi
2300 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614