Kiki’s Bistro, My Restaurant Week Pick

Kiki’s Bistro is a quaint, casual bistro that is highly recommended among my peers and Chicago restaurant reviews. Luckily they were a participating restaurant in Chicago’s Restaurant Week so I was able to sample some of their tasty and classically French cuisine.

While their menu was practically equivalent in value to the universal $31.95 for a three course meal, their selections were charming to say the least and they are as follows:

1st Course
Fricasée of Mushrooms, Madeira Sauce
Duck Raviolis, Natural Jus
Onion Soup Gratinee

2nd Course
Lamb Brochette et Son Couscous with Lamb Sauce
Duo of Duck Breast and Duck Confit with Green Peppercorn Sauce
Poached King Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce

3rd Course
Lemon Tart with Raspberry Sauce
Kiki’s Cremè Brulée with Chocolate Bottom
Croustade de Poire with Caramel Sauce

I went with one of my cousins (the same one that sent me the pop rock chocolate!) and made the rule that we each had to order a different option for each course.

Unfortunately for me, he was eyeing the same options for both the appetizer and dessert so since he was a guest, I had to concede to my second choices :o) And here is what we went with, in order of course, my choices first and my cousin’s second.


Fricasée of Mushrooms, Madeira Sauce

This dish looked great, and it was rather tasty but after awhile I got a bit sick of eating plain straight up mushrooms. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor of the crisp served with it, but I would have been ok with a smaller portion.


Duck Raviolis, Natural Jus

I was pretty upset that I wasn’t able to order the duck ravioli myself, but I have to say, it didn’t meet my expectations. It tasted much better than it looked but the presentation was somewhat of a turn off. Spiced throughout (with I want to say rosemary?) it was more of a ground duck inside a thin translucent pasta shell.

 


Lamb Brochette et Son Couscous with Lamb Sauce

I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t quite know what I was getting into when I ordered the lamb. I was expecting more of a lambchop than a lamb kabob but in the end, I was still a happy camper. It was cooked to perfection, albeit a bit chewy but its flavor was remarkable and addicting. Paired with the lighter couscous, it was an excellent dish.


Poached King Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce

I didn’t get a chance to try the salmon, but my cousin devoured it happily. In appearance, it doesn’t look all that flavorful but he seemed to think it was tastier than most salmon, and that’s something to be said.


Croustade de Poire with Caramel Sauce

This dish sealed the deal for me. At one bite, I was sold. COMPLETELY sold. It consisted of a poached pear atop a pastry shell surrounded by the lightest yet richest caramel sauce I have ever tasted and in my opinion is completely worth going back for. I could not stop raving about it.


Kiki’s Cremè Brulée with Chocolate Bottom

 

As far as creme brulees go, this was the kind that grew on you. At first glance and taste, it wasn’t highly impressive but the more you dug in and found that chocolate bottom, the more you wanted.

I accompanied my meal with a red wine by the name of Gigondas, Chapelle St. Arnoux, Cotes de Rhone. It was the perfect balance to my lamb dish, and even the mushroom appetizer.

All in all, I wound up liking my choices more than my cousin’s :oP. I was lucky to experience such a great French meal and like I said, I was completely blown away by my Pear Tart dessert! In terms of the entrees, I noticed others throughout the restaurant that I thought looked better than ours. But the good thing is, the flavors were all around excellent and when its comes down to it that’s the most important thinig. I would love to go back to Kiki’s and see what else they have to offer!

Kiki’s Bistro
900 N. Franklin
Chicago, IL 60610
312 335 5454

 

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  • http://www.notderbypie.com Rivka

    That pear croustade looks delicious! I have relatives in chicago and we frequent kiki’s (yea, they’re my well-to-do relatives)….one of my fave spots there!

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