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Cafe Matou, Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, on Rick's DineSite on McNees.org

DineSite: Cafe Matou

1846 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

Website: http://cafematou.com/
  (773) 384-8911
Cuisine: French
Review: 14.75/20


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Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
June 24, 2007 -

Atmosphere is warm casual and comfortable - the room is warm with stylish heavy palette oil paintings artwork, cushy leather seats, wood floors, brick walls, a wall of windows on the front and high ceilings. There are two rooms with the entrance into the bar with limited dining seating with the main dining room adjacent. Conveniently off the beaten track in this up and coming neighborhood on the west edge of Bucktown - accessible from the Blue Line. Easy access to street parking. Atmosphere - 4.5/5

Food - Menu (classic French) offered a broad selection with several seafood dishes, beef, lamb, chicken, and duck. Portions were adequate. The selections were stylish presentations. The sauces were modestly inspiring. The most popular was the sea bass of the duck, beef, lamb. The roasted beet salad was short on beets and the spinach salad was overpowered by the liver accompaniment that was too strong. Deserts were tasty, again short on the modest sauces.   
Food - 3.25/5

Wine - Winelist, is predominantly French with care to offer more affordable  selections from the Bourgogne and Rhone predominating with few obscure names from Bordeaux and devoid of Burgundy. There were a handful of modest American features. The $20 corkage fee is steep but wine-friendly none-the-less. See wine journal review.
Wine - 3.5/5

Service was adequate, our server was a bit awkward with our socializing crew but delivery was deliberate and direct. 
Service - 3.5/5

Overall - 14.75/20

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