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Cafe Simone

View Map546 N. Wells St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 467-0546
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Editorial Review of Cafe Simone

If you liked Amelie, you'll love this cabaret. The basement cafe of Cyrano's Bistrot and Wine Bar seems to have been decorated by the Parisian herself, so whimsical are the green and gold walls, antique mirrors, fairy lights and ornamental flower boxes that adorn the space. What's all this cuteness about? Naming the restaurant after his daughter, chef/owner Didier Durand says that he created the place "for fun."

The menu is quintessentially Parisian and no less delicious than the decor: "Ooh la la" your way through a plate of fromages, followed by pommes frites with grated parmesan and three sauces. Try the lobster bisque, and then give in to the house specialty for your entree: Provencal bouillabaisse served with saffron broth. If this all sounds a bit heavy, order any of the entrees in appetizer size and pay half price (plus one dollar). Appetizers range from $5-$14 and entrees between $14-$26; or go all out for $54 seven-course meal. Be sure to save room for the wine bar if you need some liquid courage to help you sing along with the cabaret chanteuses that entertain almost nightly. Mais oui, your requests are welcome. So you may want to look over the lyrics to "La Vie en Rose" before you hit Simone's.

Average cost: $21-$30

Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg

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lunch: 11:30-2:30 p.m. dinner: 5-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (during shows)

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