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Reviewed March 6, 2014
What You'll Get
Today’s Groupon brings back a toothsome deal we served in March. For $35 you get $75 worth of inventive seasonal cuisine at Bonsoirée, the fine-dining BYOB restaurant in Logan Square that made Food & Wine’s 2008 list of the best dining destinations in the world. Learn more about Bonsoiree in the first installment of Groupon Profiles: our behind-the-scenes look at some of the great businesses featured on Groupon.
Bonsoiree offers a menu of “exquisitely crafted” four-, seven-, and 13-course meals. Each dish draws inspiration from a range of cultures and blends traditional Japanese presentation with classic French techniques. Current courses include Peekytoe crab on spaetzle with pumpernickel-pistachio pesto and heirloom carrots; Kona Kampachi fish cooked sous-vide and served with Kona belly ceviche, senbei, and avocado crème; and Explorateur sponge with cocoa-anise marshmallow and salted blueberry caramel.
This Chicago hot spot is known for innovating the city’s restaurant scene with underground dining, which brings intimate meals to a public setting. Bonsoirée started with two chefs hosting private dinners in their apartments. Their savory fare eventually became so popular they opened a small restaurant, staffed the place with pleasant and professional servers, decorated with chic minimalist designs, and started serving to all of Chicago. Chef de cuisine Luke Creagan’s playful approach to creating meals has its roots in his Wisconsin childhood, when he first cooked meals for his family. Chef and owner Shin Thompson was recently honored with an invitation to prepare a dinner at the culinary central station, the James Beard Foundation in NYC.
This Groupon is valid from Tuesday through Saturday (Bonsoirée is closed on Monday). On Saturday nights they serve an invitation-only, underground dinner event with new menus introduced monthly; join their e-mail list to sign up.
Bonsoirée has been reviewed in Centerstage Chicago, Examiner.com, and Time Out Chicago. It made Food & Wine’s 2008 “Go To” list of dining destinations around the world. > * For most Chicago chefs, “fresh from the sea” means an overnight Fed Ex package from a coastal fisherman. For Chef Shin Thompson of Bonsoiree, it means the fish is still flopping…. Thompson delivers exquisitely crafted and seasonally focused fresh food at value prices, and you can even bring your own liquor to eat it… The menu is always rotating, but count on a Japanese influence in taste and plating including seared Kobe beef with garnishes served in lacquered bento boxes. – Michael Nagrant, Centerstage Chicago > * The service was impeccable, the space is minimalist yet intimate, and every dish introduced flavor and texture pairings that could only be described as delightful. Also, the night we ordered the Duck Duck Goose, we received a taste of both duck and goose foie, which is the only time I’ve had the opportunity to try the two side-by side, before or since. Subtle innovation like that is the hallmark of a noteworthy chef. – Emily Szopa, Examiner.com
More than 140 Yelpers give Bonsoirée 4.5 stars, and 80% like it on Urbanspoon: > * I was quite blown away… Everything was wonderfully made and the chef chatted with us at the end of the meal. I can’t wait to go back! – Da J., Yelp > * When the chef advertises Bonsoiree as a revolution in BYOB, he’s not kidding. But it’s a revolution I want to experience again! If I ever win the lotto, my first stop is Bonsoiree’s thirteen course menu. – KT S., Yelp > * Defnitely [sic] a treat… The presentation was really impressive, and I liked the tight atmosphere inside.– tracy j., Yelp
Excellent Drink Choices
Fine dining restaurants that are BYOB are rare. Make the most of your meal by bringing one of these fine spirits with you:
- Sweet Goat Brandy
- Captain Morton’s Discounted Brown Bad Boy Juice
- Sloodge the Netherlandic Bier
- Stepdad’s Regret Lager
- Pampered Pooch Pet-cohol
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 30, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. Not valid with any other promotion. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations required. Not valid on NYE or Valentine's Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.