Ever since Paris Club was first announced, we’ve been waiting patiently to see how its menu would differ from Brasserie Jo. That latter restaurant was surprisingly closed after 15 years of success. We were promised a more active and approachable place from R.J. and Jerrod Melman, who are sons of Richard Melman, the founder Lettuce Entertain You. The idea was that you could sample some fine French food, but also just get a glass of wine and something small to nibble on. Turns out it is almost exactly like they promised. The menu has a lot in common with the brother’s other success, Hub 51, in that it features a mix of approachable dishes with a sprinkling of higher priced entrees.
Basically, most of the dishes cost less than $20, but you can also get an ounce of caviar for $100. What does make Paris Club’s menu much different than Hub 51 is the focus. Though there are some slight detours, the French focus is serious. Along with a "le hamburger," you can order cassoulet, duck confit, and escargot. Plus, there is wine on tap, and that makes us happy.
Paris Club will officially be opening on Wednesday. In the meantime, take a look at the full menu below.
Paris Club, 59 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654; (312) 595-0800