France has graciously loaned three things to America: flag colors, Gérard Depardieu, and words with a silent but deadly x. Savor stolen French flavors with today’s Groupon. For $25, you get $50 worth of French-American cuisine and drinks at Chez Daniel in Bloomington. Reservations are recommended.
At Chez Daniel, game gourmands can wine and dine dates, as well as finally have an excuse to wear the powdered wig they stole from a British magistrate, amid an elegant setting of exposed brick, lofty archways, and elaborately adorned tables. A varied wine list pairs fragrant palate potions such as the King Estate pinot noir ($8) and Estancia chardonnay ($6.50) with the expertly prepared dishes on Chez Daniel’s dinner menu. Hors d’oeuvres such as escargot de Bourgogne ($10) and seared scallops with morel mushrooms and blood-orange cream ($11) loosen up taste buds for hearty plates like a limber Richard Simmons doused in seasoning. From there, soothe belly tremors with entrees such as the rack of lamb with Provençal herbs and ratatouille ($31), roast duck smothered in raspberry-orange sauce ($30), and oven-roasted halibut with vegetable risotto and orange-ginger salsa ($31)—all of which are served with vegetables (pasta dishes exclude vegetables) and your choice of the soup of the day or the house salad.
Unlike tagging along with an elephant-riding J. Peterman on South Asian excursions, Chez Daniel offers a convenient opportunity to sample international cuisine without excessive exposure to bizarre banter. Bring a date and today's Groupon to Chez Daniel and sample satisfying dishes in an inviting atmosphere that’s more elegant than a thoroughbred racehorse in high heels or a tablecloth woven from Charlemagne’s beard.
Chez Daniel executive chef Wilver Sanchez interprets the cuisine of France with an eye for artful presentation, simple and fresh ingredients, and a creative sensibility. Attentive servers welcome diners with appetizing small plates, covering nude tables with plump escargot baked in garlic butter and house-smoked salmon toast. Lobster ravioli is tossed with sautéed mushrooms before making a dazzling midmeal entrance in a mantle of roasted artichokes and lobster-tarragon sauce, while filet mignon is served with potatoes and a classic béarnaise sauce. Chez Daniel also features a list of weekly specials. The dining room's exposed-brick, lofty archways, and elaborately adorned tables entice customers with an atmosphere as elegant as a tablecloth woven from Charlemagne’s beard.