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Le Lan

by User ImageMatt B on November 27th, 2007

Le Lan-Le' meaning 'the' in French and 'Lan' meaning 'orchid' in Vietnamese'serves a delicate array of French-Vietnamese fare in an elegant, upscale atmosphere. The chefs use classical preparations and techniques along with Asian accents and elements to highlight the dishes and create new flavor combinations that you never would've imagined. Tea-smoked duck breast is served alongside a savory bread pudding, and creative pairings include the zucchini-wrapped tilapia with flageolet beans.

Le LanThis is more than just 'fancy Vietnamese food.' The chefs have put a lot of effort into creating the menu and bringing just the right flavors together. After all, 'unique' doesn't always mean 'good.' The spring rolls are like none other, featuring pork belly, pink shrimp, coriander, and pomegranate, and the Colorado lamb loin is excellent with red wine orzo pasta and wild leek puree. Dessert delicacies include a must-try peach shortcake with mascarpone whipped cream and a coffee-cake-and-five-spice-cake duo served with chocolate mousse.

The restaurant itself is modern and lovely, full of rich brown hues and jade green tiles. Tables are set with candles, orchids, and bamboo-patterned flatware, all while a large dragon mural overlooks the dining room. Busboys, waiters, and managers make their way through the area easily, attentive to every customer's questions and needs. Like its namesake, Le Lan offers a notable one-of-a-kind beauty and elegance.

Photo credit: ulterior epicure

Le Lan ($$$$): 749 N Clark St; 312-280-9100
Mon ' Fri: 11:30 a.m. ' 2:00 p.m.
Mon ' Weds: 5:30 p.m. ' 10:00 p.m.
Thurs ' Sat: 5:30 p.m. ' 11:00 p.m.
Street parking difficult, valet available
Public trans: Bus # 22, 36, 66, 156 or Red Line train (Chicago)

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