Thursday, November 15, 2007

Glamorous steakhouse now open for lunch

Everyone's talking about the expensive prices at Brasserie Ruhlmann (500 W. Superior St., 312-494-1900), the glamorous new French-flavored steakhouse opened by the team behind Japonais across the street.

So if you're one of those folks, you'll be happy to know that they just launched their lunch program yesterday. "It wasn't busy," admitted co-owner Miae Liam about their first day, "but the food is amazing."

I guess that's a good thing that they weren't busy on their first day so they can get all the kinks out before the crazy holiday season kicks off. Nevertheless, I peeped the new menu, and even though the prices aren't for the average Joe, I'm sure you'll find it a little less daunting.

Salads range from $8-$14, with the specialty Ruhlmann Chopped Salad (with chicken, ham, peas, endive, swiss cheese and chopped Bibb lettuce in a basalmic reduction) sounding yummy as hell. Sandwiches were reasonable as well, but you get just a little extra special something with the $19 Le Burger Ruhlmann prepared with Black Angus ground sirloin, braised beef and caramelized shallots.

Even the main courses are reasonable for a spot like this for lunch: Ranging from $21 to $42, the Hanger steak Delouvrier is only $26.

This isn't your run-of-the mill lunch destination, but if you're looking to treat yourself . . .

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