“The decor is romantic, yet comfortable.”
“Most amazing food in the suburbs”
“think if it wasn't such a nice restaurant, he would have licked his plateclean.”
Most amazing food in the suburbs. My mouth waters when I think of the food at Maijean. It's elegant, succulent, delicious and yet, not pretentious in the least. I had the mussels for my appetizer from which I sucked every bit of the creamy garlic sauce. My husband had the plate of assorted French cheeses. We also tried the scallops and even the sweetbreads. It was the most amazing food I've ever had. For an entree I had the shrimp that was the special and my husband had the duck. I think if it wasn't such a nice restaurant, he would have licked his plateclean. Can't say enough about this beautiful little place. The decor is romantic, yet comfortable. The waitstaff are highly trained and not obtrusive. Sure hope this place withstands the recession. It's worth every penny.
Fine bistro fare in a romantic Art Nouveau setting nestles among quaint downtown Clarendon Hills..
Art Nouveau flourishes like the massive carved wood, copper-topped bar and swirling wall treatments feminize a romantic setting. Main dining has a stone fireplace and storefront windows overlooking sidewalk seating; a smaller blue room is country-French cozy. Tables are comfortably spaced; service is affable.
Chef-owner Nadia Tilkian (ex Barrington Country Bistro, Bistro 110) displays a deft hand with both bistro classics and her signature updates. For starters, exquisite steamed mussels in white wine-cream sauce demand sopping every drop with the crusty rolls. Traditional French onion soup gratinee is refreshingly unsalty. Juicy prime ribeye is dolloped with herbed butter and plated with crispy shoestring frites. You'll find the fresh fish on the specials list, like a light, lovely walleye with pea shoots, shiitakes and savory, rich mustard-dill beurre blanc. Peaches poached in champagne with a little starburst of anise angel food cake and lemongrass ice cream are a sublime finish.
Hits: The setting is romantic and comfortable, the kitchen reliable for both quality and variety.
Misses: A special salad with goat cheese "flan" was more like a fallen souffle.
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