A French Affair
After landing a Michelin-star for American fusion at Naha, chef Carrie Nahabedian has wasted no time in branching out with Brindille (French for ‘tree shoot’), serving refined Gallic fare just a block away in Chicago’s River North district.
From root to tip, Brindille exudes understated elegance with its grey-silver interior, simple canvasses and curious finds from the chef’s beachcombing exploits, right down to the servers in lilac and grey, ceremoniously ironing tablecloths and reciting the menu du jour in a descriptive flourish.
The menu is said to pay homage to Nahabedian's favourite Parisian haunts, and yet her formative years spent in California kitchens become apparent with seasonal comforts such as oysters in eggs brouillés with a leak cream and topped with Oscietra caviar, and rare lamb saddle braised with best-of-spring knob onions and tender artichoke.
Rounding off the menu in true Gallic style is childhood staple clafoutis, a warm cherry and almond flan served with lashings of chantilly crème and an epic selection of fruity French cheeses, artfully paired with seasonal jams.
Such gastronomic splendour, together with an extensive wine list passing through various regions of France, Italy, Spain and California, should have any discerning diner coming back for more. Brin-dille-licious!