Put this one in the books! Enjoy the memories…
Henri, the elegant sister restaurant to The Gage officially opened Saturday, but we sampled the menu in advance last week, as owner Billy Lawless and Chef Dirk Flanigan took their new restaurant concept out for a test drive.
Henri is located across the street from Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue right next door to The Gage, one of our favorite gastro pubs. I’ve been excited to see what Henri will bring to the Chicago dining scene to complement and expand upon the menu I already enjoy at The Gage, and I must admit that I wasn’t above curiously pressing my nose to the glass during construction to peek behind the sheers hanging in the window.
Peel them back now, and you’ll find a chic dining space decorated in comfortable sage tones and over-sized upholstered chairs pulled up to tastefully set tables — ultimately creating a place that is fancy yet approachable and a menu that is reasonably priced for what you get (entrees range from $15 to $38).
The menu has Flanigan’s distinctive stamp and features a variety of meats that run the gamut — from duck and rabbit to chicken and steak — and all are prepared with French American influences. The Thursday special, rabbit from the oven served with house bacon, English peas, baby carrots and a natural reduction as well as the dover sole meuniere both deserve a shout out. It’s dishes like that that make us look forward to watching Flanigan continue to flex his culinary muscle.
We will find our way back to Henri for a complete review once they’ve settled in, and until then we raise a glass in honor of a successful opening. Now, get over there, check it out, and let us know what you think.
18 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
We dined at Henri free-of-charge during a private tasting.
Also check out our review of The Gage.