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A colorful French lounge.
Coquette shows a softer side for the West Loop.
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Explore This Delightful New French Restaurant Along Randolph Street

Coquette continues its owners’ mission creating beautiful immersive restaurants where Chicagoans can escape

Chicago’s getting another French restaurant, but Coquette, which opened Tuesday in West Loop, isn’t a traditional bistro. It’s a playful lounge where owners promise free sips of wine and a soundtrack that will transport customers to Paris.

The team at Bonhomme Hospitality (Porto, Bordel, Beatnik) are travel obsessives and have managed to share the taste and flavors of Spain with Chicago, something that translates surprisingly well even in the dead of winter. Next door to Coquette, at Bambola — which opened in September — chefs Marcos Campos and Alisha Elenz serve food from various Asian countries along the Silk Road and present it through a Spanish lens.

Coquette is the young, funkier sibling to Bambola.

Coquette is a 40-seater with a chef’s counter and plenty of colorful tiles on the floor and ceiling. While Bambola is dark and moody, its younger sibling is brash and bold. Bonhomme’s restaurants are filled with trinkets imported from Europe, and Coquette is no exception — there’s a display shelf in the corner that’s more than 100 years old.

The food, from chefs Erwin Mallet and Shannah Primiano — with an assist from Campos — reflects contemporary French cuisine cooking dry-aged beef and more over a live fire. Decadent dishes include a beef Wellington and crab royal with smoked King Crab and confit fennel.

The Michelin Guide awarded Sommelier of the Year to Bonhomme’s Colin Hofer this year. Hofer’s wine list doesn’t concentrate on classic French regions, as there’s a focus on so-called natural wines from areas including Alsace, Jura, Savoie, and the Languedoc. Also look for lots of Champagnes and bubbles.

Take a walk through the space and check out the food in the photos below.

Coquette, 165 N. Ogden Avenue, (312) 929-3448, open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday; brunch upcoming. Reservations via Resy.

Details include a 100-year-old Italian six-tier display shelf.
The kitchen counter is Coquette’s version of a chef’s table, but for booze.
The kitchen and bar counters were created with 3-inch slabs of sustainably harvested Bubinga wood.
The chandeliers are hand blown.

Bonhomme is known for its bold design direction.

Steak tartare
Poireaux (Charred Leek, Confit Leek, Gribiche, Smoked Leek Vinegar, Celeriac Brandade, Leek Dashi, Tangerine Oil)
Duck breast in a plate with sliced grapes.
Magret De Canard (Dry-Aged Duck Breast, Orange Infused Duck Jus, Celeriac & Nutmeg Purée, Wood Fire Roasted Grapes)

Foie Gras Cone (Two Foie Mousse Potato Cones, Confit Duck, Apple Mustard, Blackberry Confit)

A red cocktail in a glass

Just A Little Giggle of A Thing (Concord Grape Shrub, Noyaux, Aged Rhum, Cognac, Lemon, Herbs of Provence, Clarified Almond Milk)

Coquette

165 N. Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL Visit Website
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