La Tache for Brunch

November 07 2005 - 12:49 PM

La Tache on Balmoral in Andersonville is a cute little French bistro that is priced out around Le Boucheon $15-$22 for entrees. I’ve been there once before for dinner and remember enjoying it, promising to return. Though it’s been a while, I finally did go back… for brunch.

Compared to a line and a crowd for pancakes and eggs the laid-back
high-end style was a pleasant surprise and the cost was no higher than
M.Henry or any other brunch-spot. From Pauline’s to M. Henry to Zephyr
to Standee’s there are many options that all seem to involve a wait but
none of them (especially not Standee’s) are white tablecloth, Mimosa
and truffle oil drizzled egg puff things.

The chef has just changed and the menu is being ported over for winter
– new dishes to include a beef bourgognone and I can’t remember if the
duck breast with confit and rhubarb frisee is staying or going. I hope
it’s staying. I would love to try it but I suspect it is a summery dish
and likely gone. They also mentioned that they may have a cassoulet
night. I’m game for that but will wait for snow cover and maybe start
working out to help the digestion.

The brunch menu offered a Gougére – a cheddar puff pastry with spinach
and eggs, a puree of asparagus with truffle oil, pistachios and
potatoes on the side. We had to get that and between a couple of
different omelettes – we decided on the gruyere, spinach, carmelized
onions and sun dried tomatoes combining for a fragrant and slightly
sweet edge to a savory dish. The small potatoes were just enough and
the main benefit was that we didn’t leave feeling stuffed and ready to
return to bed.

La Tache

1475 W. Balmoral Ave.

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