Friday, April 15, 2016

Chicon - Restaurant Review, AND Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015, France

Just a month ago, Chicon was a restaurant called Gardner. I really enjoyed our experience at Gardner, and were sad to hear that it was closing. The food, service, and atmosphere were all exceptional.

Chicon looks very similar to Gardner, except that it feels a little more southwestern with the Mexican blankets and the terracotta and steel blue color palate. The menu is also a little less appealing to me than Gardner's was, but everything we ordered was really wonderful and all of us were very happy.

We ordered a couple of bottles of the Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015 ($36 per bottle). It was the most fragrant rosé I have ever experienced, and I savored every single glass! In the mouth it was light and refreshing with a little bit of citrus and fruit, very food friendly, and dry.

For dinner we ordered the Grilled Kale ($9 - bright green and slightly smoky), Roasted Carrots ($15 - with seared Bucherone, hazelnut vinaigrette, and greens), Sirloin Cap ($21 - with the most perfectly fried fingerling potatoes, cipollini onions, and burnt tomato vinaigrette), Burger & Fries ($17 - on a challah bun with aïoli, pickles, cheese, and bacon), and the Grilled Half Chicken ($34 - with grilled green vegetables, romaine hearts, camp bread, buttermilk ranch, chili de arbol, and chili guajillio). All of the plates were divine, except that we didn't see many carrots in the carrot dish! The rest of my party chose the burger as their favorite plate, although the patty itself was too salty for me. I really enjoyed the sirloin caps and the grilled chicken best. The chicken was served with these fluffy flour tortillas and we made little wraps with the meat and veggies. Just delectable!

The total bill for four of us pre-tip was about $191, which included all of the dishes above, a cocktail, and two bottles of the rosé.

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