Ah, Paris Club. You are such a scene. If I were a single guy on the lookout for a well-heeled lady, I would be there every night. The odds (and bachelorette parties) are so in a dude’s favor. As it is, yours truly is way too cheap (and married) to ever make it to your roof top deck on a weekend night. I refuse to pay for bottle service and am not regular enough to know the bouncers/managers/etc… to simply get in. But that’s okay. I really like your food.
For starters, the dishes are actually a good value. The prices are relatively low for the River North area and the portions are quite generous. There are far more “hits” than “misses” (I’m looking at you funky textured and under flavored roasted beet and goat cheese terrine), and I really appreciated how flexible the hostess was when we asked to squeeze one more person onto our reservation. Especially on a busy Saturday night.
- Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine
We shared several dishes, including the well-executed smoked salmon and avocado appetizer and the lamb meatballs (which reminded me of Quartino’s), but the highlight of the night was my husband’s skate wing entrée. Or, rather, the mashed potatoes served with the skate wing. More butter than potato, everything about it was impeccable….and splurge-worthy – the smooth consistency of the potatoes as they melt in the mouth, the sublime sweet of the butter cut with the salty of the seasoning, the inviting slightly off-white color of the potatoes. The poor hubby, everyone at our table had their spoon in his dish.
I also loved my entrée, the intensely aromatic small pot of mussels. The mussels were cooked just right (I hate when mussels are overcooked and rubbery), and I could not resist dipping crusty white bread (requested without butter) into the delicious – and certainly not diet-friendly – buttery coconut curry sauce. My best friend ordered scallops and thought they were delicious. When asked what kind of sauce they were in, her response was: butter. Clearly, Paris Club is staying true to its rich French roots, but if this kind of cuisine suits you, it is definitely splurge-worthy.
Try Paris Club at 59 W. Hubbard St.