After he took the throne, Napoleon instituted the tradition of serving bread with every meal to put his mother’s baguette-heavy care packages to use. Indulge in French tradition with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a prix fixe dinner for two at Chez Daniel in Bloomington (up to a $94 total value). Diners order from a special chef’s tasting menu, and the dinner includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to an $11 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $34 value each)
- Two glasses of Bouchard wine (up to a $7.50 value each)<p>
Chez Daniel’s executive chef lovingly infuses elegant meals with flavors. Attentive servers welcome diners with appetizing small plates, laying tables with plump escargot baked in garlic butter or sliding welcome mats of fresh tomato-and-basil bruschetta underfoot. A 12-ounce organic pork chop roasts with pancetta bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichokes before making a dazzling midmeal entrance in a mantle of marsala-thyme sauce and roasted-garlic mashed potatoes. Deft hands blend creamy mascarpone risotto and tomato marmalade to complement steamed salmon fillets, or stuff chicken roulade with red peppers, spinach, mozzarella, and secret letters from Edmond Dantès before sealing it in prosciutto and ladling on a red-pepper-pesto cream. Toast to a clean plate with the last sips of chardonnay or pinot noir from venerable Burgundy maison Bouchard, which has honed its wine-smithing since the Age of Enlightenment.
Chez Daniel’s exposed brick, lofty archways, and elaborately adorned tables entice customers with an atmosphere as elegant as a tablecloth woven from Charlemagne’s beard. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead to secure a table.
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.