I had the fortunate opportunity to dine at Madame Tartine twice last week. Once for the She Boutique Fall Fashion Show, and again over the weekend with my former French teacher who not only adored the Parisian- style ambience splashed with a bit of Channel-chic, but even cleverly commented on the Pomme Frittes, “Wow, real French Fries.” The first event showcased fall fashion, as well as an extensive menu blended with rich flavors for vegetarians and carnivores alike. But thankfully the service was not French, as waiters accommodated every request quickly and politely. As a gal who frequents quite a few events weekly, it’s worth mentioning, that while the fashion show began late, waiters with appetizer trays came around constantly, before guests could say, “Where’s the waiter? Oh, there he is, get him!” Come on, you know how that goes, don’t you just hate heading to an event after work, skipping dinner, and then, all of the sudden there was only enough food for the first 30 people?
Madame Tartine, located on 22 E. Hubbard, satisfies that sophisticated grown-up craving by delivering dishes such as Classic Steak Tartare and Filet Mignon Bordelaise to your petit French-style table, on a patio overlooking a windy city—but quite possibly, Paris. While dining at this café Francais, you’ll also want to try the Seared Ahi Tuna with Ratatouille Marseillaise and Haricots Vert or one of my favorite dishes, the Grilled King Salmon served with asparagus and avocado tomato relish. Both succulent dishes melt in your mouth and pair nicely with the several selections of Bordeux and Champagne, to go with your budding palette. Madame Tartine also includes a Bar Americain, as well as a private room for an intimate party. Ooooh, and I don’t want to forget about Le Sandwiche Americain, an angus beef and lobster burger with brie cheese! Perhaps save room for some Crème Brulee or Chocolate Mousse “Terrine.” After all, you may come back in a couple of days like me. Don’t worry, French don’t get fat, remember? Check out the website for a menu, party, or further details. C’est magnifique! http://www.madametartines.com/index.html