After a slight makeover and menu change, Brasserie by LM opened today in the short-lived Tribute space inside the Essex Inn on Michigan Avenue. The room was taken over by Stephan and Nicole Outrequin Quaisser, who also own Lincoln Square's LM and the new Troquet in Ravenswood.
The Outrequins more or less kept the virbrant, mod aesthetic originally done by Tribute, but did away with the lounge-like vibe by replacing couches with regular tables. The restaurant will seat 190 inside for breakfast, lunch and dinner and an additional 70 on a sprawling Michigan Avenue patio looking out on to Grant Park. However, the menu, created by former Pump Room exec chef Brad Phillips, has moved away from American in favor of French inspiration.
Phillips' new menu for Brasserie by LM will offer a range of dishes throughout the day with very French familiarity. Look for the omelet de maison, savory crepes, pain au chocolate, onion soup gratinee, chicken liver mousse, Croque Monsiuer (or Madame if you add an egg), steak frites, mussels frites, chopped salad with chevre, duck confit, pork belly and more. Want to see more? Check out the full menu below.