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    Post #1 - November 3rd, 2015, 2:18 pm
    Post #1 - November 3rd, 2015, 2:18 pm Post #1 - November 3rd, 2015, 2:18 pm
    Just read an interesting blurb about Michael Lachowicz's 20 seat "hideaway" in the back of his Winnetka restaurant. Focusing on country french-very traditional- foie, rabbit,game, fromage served on Villeroy& Boch -you get the picture. To enjoy said delights you must choose and prepay $140 (seven courses) or $160 (ten courses). 50 year old wine is sold by the glass. Anyone been there yet? FYI just next door is the new Masarati dealership. :lol:

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    What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • Post #2 - November 3rd, 2015, 2:50 pm
    Post #2 - November 3rd, 2015, 2:50 pm Post #2 - November 3rd, 2015, 2:50 pm
    From George's website:

    Jackets are required for gentlemen to dine at George Trois.

    Additionally, no denim, hats (for gentlemen) or sleeveless shirts (for gentlemen) will be permitted. Ties for gentlemen are optional.

    ALL COATS ARE REQUIRED TO BE CHECKED WHEN DINING AT GT. (THESE ARE FULLY INSURED)

    First Ima stop off at the Suitery on Dearborn and get a $69 suit (with lapels by Lockheed), then go by George's. Wonder if I should try some of that half-century wine or stick with the new stuff.
  • Post #3 - November 3rd, 2015, 3:18 pm
    Post #3 - November 3rd, 2015, 3:18 pm Post #3 - November 3rd, 2015, 3:18 pm
    Additionally, no denim, hats (for gentlemen) or sleeveless shirts (for gentlemen) will be permitted. Ties for gentlemen are optional.

    Not being a gentleman, I guess I'm out. :cry:

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  • Post #4 - November 3rd, 2015, 10:17 pm
    Post #4 - November 3rd, 2015, 10:17 pm Post #4 - November 3rd, 2015, 10:17 pm
    Choey wrote:From George's website:

    Jackets are required for gentlemen to dine at George Trois.

    Additionally, no denim, hats (for gentlemen) or sleeveless shirts (for gentlemen) will be permitted. Ties for gentlemen are optional.

    ALL COATS ARE REQUIRED TO BE CHECKED WHEN DINING AT GT. (THESE ARE FULLY INSURED)

    First Ima stop off at the Suitery on Dearborn and get a $69 suit (with lapels by Lockheed), then go by George's. Wonder if I should try some of that half-century wine or stick with the new stuff.


    I presume what is meant is that men not wear their hats inside - not that they would be turned away if they were wearing hats in transit. I'm fine with this, if that's the case, as IMO only boors wears hats inside. As an Auburn fan, and therefore an anti-University of Alabama fan as can be, I always had tremendous respect for UA coach Bear Bryant (who made the houndstooth hat famous) as he never wore his hat indoors as he considered domed stadiums to be. And not serving men with tank tops? Here here! Thank you. Of course if jackets are required I do wonder how they will know that men aren't wearing sleeveless shirts underneath. :?:
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  • Post #5 - November 4th, 2015, 5:46 am
    Post #5 - November 4th, 2015, 5:46 am Post #5 - November 4th, 2015, 5:46 am
    Elfin wrote:Just read an interesting blurb about Michael Lachowicz's 20 seat "hideaway" in the back of his Winnetka restaurant.


    Can you link the blurb or a sample menu? I'm totally fine with jackets and rules and stuff, but if that foie gras isn't sliced right off the lobe, I'm out.
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  • Post #6 - November 4th, 2015, 11:03 am
    Post #6 - November 4th, 2015, 11:03 am Post #6 - November 4th, 2015, 11:03 am
    It was in North Shore mag "The Holiday Issue", page 111. I don't know how to scan, patch, paste, download or whatever is needed to link. I am sorry-always a New Years resolution to learn how to do this and the second to break (diet being number 1). Maybe you can find it through 'modernluxury.com'-the publisher. Otherwise you can pick up freebie copies near NS train stations and some stores. In regard to menu, the article did feature a photo of "Trois Foie" described as "decedent foie gras flight...influenced by three regions of France: Alsace, Burgandy and Perigord". It is "served in a pastry shell with potato, candied onion and bacon salad; chilled over cognac-infused cherries and Marcona almonds; and as a seared medallion over a sandwhich of brioche, truffle and preserved fruit." From the photo each piece looks bite-sized, tasty and very pretty. The only hint of what else is served is"Seafood. Perhaps a trio of game: a breast of squab, a center-cut of venison loin chop and a saddle of rabbit stuffed with bread pudding. Then cheese. And a sweet finish or two" Anything 'Molecular' or burger-centric is out. The "'wine system' ...lets him serve 50 year old bottles of vino by the glass". Lachowicz is quoted" I want to reward all the North Shore diners who have been good to me. They deserve something extraordinary."
    What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • Post #7 - November 5th, 2015, 11:46 am
    Post #7 - November 5th, 2015, 11:46 am Post #7 - November 5th, 2015, 11:46 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    Additionally, no denim, hats (for gentlemen) or sleeveless shirts (for gentlemen) will be permitted. Ties for gentlemen are optional.

    Not being a gentleman, I guess I'm out. :cry:

    =R=


    On the contrary, Ron. Since you're not a gentleman, I would submit that you are entitled to wear denim and a hat and, moreover, entitled to wear a sleeveless shirt, should you so desire. It's not clear, however, what the tie policy is for non-gentlemen. :D
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  • Post #8 - November 5th, 2015, 1:43 pm
    Post #8 - November 5th, 2015, 1:43 pm Post #8 - November 5th, 2015, 1:43 pm
    Look, if the gentleman wants to wear a sleeveless jacket that's fine. But the gentleman's shirt must have sleeves. What's so hard about that? And as long as they have a copy of the overcoat insurance policy rider available for inspection, I'm good with the coat-check policy, too.
  • Post #9 - November 5th, 2015, 1:48 pm
    Post #9 - November 5th, 2015, 1:48 pm Post #9 - November 5th, 2015, 1:48 pm
    And I find the tie option refreshing. I sometimes worry that a tie will seem out of place, or worse, that I will be the object of discrimination based on my neckwear choice. It's reassuring to know that I have the option to wear a tie if I'd like.
  • Post #10 - November 5th, 2015, 1:58 pm
    Post #10 - November 5th, 2015, 1:58 pm Post #10 - November 5th, 2015, 1:58 pm
    JeffB wrote:...I will be the object of discrimination based on my neckwear choice.

    Don't know if it amounts to discrimination, but I definitely get plenty of visual insubordination whenever I wear the agate bolo tie I bought on Etsy.
  • Post #11 - November 5th, 2015, 3:28 pm
    Post #11 - November 5th, 2015, 3:28 pm Post #11 - November 5th, 2015, 3:28 pm
    JeffB wrote:Look, if the gentleman wants to wear a sleeveless jacket that's fine.


    But wouldn't that be considered a vest and thus fall under the restaurant's vest policy?
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  • Post #12 - November 5th, 2015, 3:51 pm
    Post #12 - November 5th, 2015, 3:51 pm Post #12 - November 5th, 2015, 3:51 pm
    stevez wrote:
    JeffB wrote:Look, if the gentleman wants to wear a sleeveless jacket that's fine.


    But wouldn't that be considered a vest and thus fall under the restaurant's vest policy?


    And the vests would likely be excluded from the insurance rider - so check at your own risk!
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  • Post #13 - November 5th, 2015, 5:00 pm
    Post #13 - November 5th, 2015, 5:00 pm Post #13 - November 5th, 2015, 5:00 pm
    Gonzo70 wrote:
    stevez wrote:
    JeffB wrote:Look, if the gentleman wants to wear a sleeveless jacket that's fine.


    But wouldn't that be considered a vest and thus fall under the restaurant's vest policy?


    And the vests would likely be excluded from the insurance rider - so check at your own risk!


    Actually I believe their coat insurance functions like an annuity that only pays out if the diner is fully vested.

    (Sorry moderators, I realize we should be having this discussion in the "LOLZ" forum.)
  • Post #14 - November 6th, 2015, 8:01 am
    Post #14 - November 6th, 2015, 8:01 am Post #14 - November 6th, 2015, 8:01 am
    Actually, let me repeat the OP's query: has anyone been? Though there are enough things about Restaurant Michael that dissuade us from being regulars, we do usually manage at least a visit every year because I think his cooking is worth putting up with the things I dislike. So I'd be very interested in trying out this experiment (for lack of a better word), the more so since it promises to be traditional French cooking. The price strikes me as reasonable and the pics certainly show an attractive room.... (And, quite frankly, given the way a lot of people (IMHO) tend to dress in "nice" restaurants, I don't really have a problem with his effort--even if a little ham-handed--to impose a dress code.
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #15 - December 31st, 2018, 8:20 am
    Post #15 - December 31st, 2018, 8:20 am Post #15 - December 31st, 2018, 8:20 am
    My wife and I had a fantastic anniversary meal at Georges Trois last night. If you have great memories of meals at Le Francais or Le Perroquet, you can go here and re-experience traditional French cooking at the highest level.

    The setup: The "restaurant" is a small room inside Michael's. It has 6 or 7 tables. The door to the main restaurant is kept closed, so you are in a very quiet secluded area.

    The ambiance: This is old school. It's quiet but not stuffy. Men are required to wear jackets. Chef Lachowicz comes out and greats every table, and then personally serves every course except for one of the desserts. What I particularly like is that they do not turn tables. They have a few seatings, but that is just to spread out when people come. Our 12 course meal started at 6:00 and finished at 9:30. Lot's of time between courses to relax and talk. It is a full evening's entertainment.

    The food: no molecular gastronomy (which I love), and no unusual flavor combinations where you go "who would of thought of that!" But excellent ingredients, attention to detail, and top of the line old school French cooking. Last night's menu featured Perigord truffles in most of the course. We liked the portion sizes because at the end we were full, but not overstuffed. Lot's of small portions of very intensely flavored food. I had to get a second piece of bread to that I could sop up every drop of every sauce. Mostly meat, seafood and starch; very little vegetable.

    So sum up: a quiet room, a leisurely pace, and food that was just damn delicious. For a special occasion, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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