Chicago: Lunch at Le Colonial
Before I got to Chicago, I had made several reservations but one day we didn’t feel like going to where I picked for lunch so we popped into Le Colonial instead. After a few days away, I always get a little homesick and want Asian food and noodles, particularly noodle soups.
Le Colonial has a lunch special where you pick 2 items from their list for $22. It’s not as a great lunch deal as Blackbird (you get three items there) but it takes a lot of guesswork for lunch. Once again, I went for the deal while my friend ordered a la carte.
I got the oxtail pho which is a small but satisfying bowl of oxtail pho and rice noodles. It was much needed after a few rounds at the local bars. My friend had the sup ga (chicken corn soup) which velvety thick and equally soothing.
For her main meal, my friend got the bo luc lac (beef salad) which came with quite a bit of pickled onions and bean sprouts. The filet mignon was very tender.
I went for something a bit more rib-sticking and ordered the ga xao cari (chicken curry). The yellow curry had plenty of veggies as well. My particular favorite was the eggplant since I haven’t been able to master cooking eggplant. I think anyone who successfully cooks eggplant is a genius. The chicken was fork tender and went well with the accompanying rice.
Le Colonial is probably a bit pricey for lunch, even with a deal but you are just off Michigan Avenue and also on Rush Street. This looked liked an ideal spot for older couples and small groups. I also saw young families with well-behaved children.