I have been dying to check out Margeaux Brasserie for brunch since it’s inception in late August of 2017. Located on the third floor of the gorgeous Waldorf Astoria hotel in the heart of the Gold Coast, Margeaux Brasserie is a Parisian-inspired restaurant serving elevated, classic French fare in a delightful setting. It has been much hyped since opening, thanks to foodies and influencers alike.
Finally, one Sunday, my sister Ashley and I were able to go and see what all of the hype was about thanks to our friend Carrie, who works for the hotel and was able to set us up for brunch. We are both complete Francophiles, having both minored in French in college, so this brunch was right up our alley.
The restaurant is beautiful; reminiscent of a 1920’s Parisian brasserie, Margeaux is a perfect gathering spot. As we were escorted to a well-lit table in front of the windows, we were greeted by lovely music from the three-man jazz band. While the restaurant offers a formal dining experience and elevated brasserie fare, it is still a relaxed and welcoming environment ideal for the most celebratory gatherings, or in our case an easy-going boozy brunch.
As I watched the server roll by with the wine cart, I instantly had a craving for bubbles. I went for a glass of champagne, while my sister decided to try a cocktail off of the brunch libation list. She chose a cocktail called the “Green Hills of Africa”, made with Banks 5 rum, cocchi americano rosa, matcha, lemon, jasmine tea & grapefruit cordial, and topped with egg white and prosecco. It tasted just as delicious as it looked, which was pretty darn good.
At the insistence of our wonderful server, we decided to start with her recommendations of the brunch must-haves; the duck wings and the daily crudo. The duck wings l’orange were made with a Grand Marnier gastrique and orange zest and they were delicious. A fun interpretation of a classic French dish, duck L’orange, these were some of the best wings we have ever had.
The crudo of the day was Atlantic fluke. It came served on a plate with celery served three ways; fried, creamed, and shaved, and was lightly seasoned with olive oil, sea salt, and lemon juice. The crudo was topped with pomegranates seeds for a pop of color and burst of flavor. It was light, bright and filling, and was a perfect start to our meal.
Anxious to indulge in some brunch items, Ashley and I began ordering some of the many menu items that caught our eye and desired to share them. Committing to being ever-so-indulgent for this particular brunch, at the top of our list were the Maine lobster eggs Benedict and the Margeaux French toast.
The lobster eggs Benedict came with two perfectly poached eggs, béarnaise sauce, and spinach. I liked that the restaurant used a béarnaise sauce as opposed to a more traditional Hollandaise sauce, where the former gets it’s acidity from white wine vinegar, rather than the lemon juice used in Hollandaise sauce. It is also flavored with shallots and fresh herbs, which could be seen in the pops of green color amidst the creamy pale yellow sauce.
The lobster Benedict was scrumptious, and was not shy with the amount of lobster. Jumbo lumps of lobster meat topped the crisp and buttery croissants; something that was an added surprise to the dish. What is more French than a croissant?
When it comes to total brunch indulgence, the Margeaux French toast is a step above the rest. One ginormous, thick-cut slice of brioche bread came to the table topped with blueberries and a dollop of Meyer lemon curd. This French toast was incredible, and while I could only do a few big bites of it, those bites were worth every calorie (as if I care about that stuff!).
Ashley and I also decided to try two sides, the pommes rosti and the toulouse sausage. The pommes rosti were crisp, latke-like potato pancakes that were essentially a fancy hashbrown– yum. The sausage came served in a cute little spiral and was full flavored and a nice complement to the meal.
Completely stuffed and satiated, Ashley and I indulged in one more round of cocktails, courtesy of the brunch bartenders; two unique concoctions, one of cranberry and one of sage, both topped with egg whites. They were so good, we loved them.
Everything about our meal at Margeaux Brasserie was wonderful, from the delightful ambiance, the thoughtful and delicious food items, and the manner in which the restaurant truly delivers a French dining experience.
The Bitches Say: A+. Margeaux Brasserie has set the bar high for brunch expectations in 2018. Come here for a fancy brunch with friends, or a celebratory brunch with family for special occasions, and please, overindulge! You won’t regret it.
11 East Walton
Chicago , IL 60611