Le Sud, located in Chicago's Roscoe Village neighborhood, has opened its doors for French-Mediterranean cuisine and sommelier-selected wine.
Inspired by the traditional cooking styles of southern France, Le Sud ("south" in French) offers a truly authentic menu focusing on fresh, high quality ingredients, enhanced with modern techniques.
Executive Chef Ryan Brosseau (Table, Donkey & Stick; Perennial Virant) is at the helm of Le Sud's kitchen. Brosseau's Provencal-influenced fare highlights time honored techniques and seasonal preparations of Mediterranean cuisine utilizing locally sourced ingredients.
Dining guests may start with "a partager" dishes like house made charcuterie, escargot, tuna tartare, and roasted leek panisse.
Chef's "les entrees" features foie gras tarte, sardine escabeche, rabbit a la Provencal, fettuccine with mussels, chilled tomato and cucumber soup, and more. Larger plates ("les plats") include pan roasted duck breast, wood grilled whole loup d'mer, pan roasted steak frites, Parisian gnocchi, bouillabaisse, and wood grilled pork chop.
Side dishes ("accompagnements") include frites with aioli, corn and squash salad, roasted and pickled cauliflower, chickpea with pickled okra, and haricot vert.
Dessert selections ("apres le diner") such as Basque cake, chocolate-orange mousse with whipped crème fraiche and house made ice creams with shortbread cookie round out the Mediterranean menu. The complete dinner menu may be viewed here.
General Manager and wine director Terry McNeese (Le Lan; De Quay; The Gage; Henri) has designed a wine list that explores numerous regions of France, along with unique global selections (50 by the bottle; 14 by the glass).
Six thoughtful signature cocktails (Tour de Mont; Floraison; Memoire; Martini; The Sylvan; Black Wave) and two reserve cocktails (Glass Joe; Yet Again) accompany craft brews from Chicago and beyond (Metropolitan; Three Floyds; Domaine DuPage; Lagunitas; Left Hand; North Coast; Off Color; JK Scrumpy). The beverage menu may be viewed online.
Le Sud's two-story space can accommodate 120 guests at cafe-style seating with marble tabletops and cast iron pedestals, velveteen ocean-hued banquettes, distressed barn wood communal tables with hand-painted tile work and glossy white stools.
The decor includes silver tin ceilings, exposed brick walls, glass hurricane light fixtures, antique French sideboards and hutches, pewter cage wine storage systems, and floor-to-ceiling French doors.
Sidewalk seating will be placed along Oakley Avenue in the spring, followed by a rooftop deck that will accommodate 40 guests, year round.
Proprietor Sandy Chen (Koi Fine Asian Cuisine), a former resident of Roscoe Village, is delighted to share her culinary expertise and passion for globally-inspired cuisine with the community. After traveling extensively through Southern France, Sandy was inspired by the fresh and flavorful meals of the Mediterranean.
The small, countryside towns were reminiscent of her hometown in China, on the southeast coast of Province Zhe Jiang.
Le Sud is now open for dinner service Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m.; Sunday 4-9 p.m. For table reservations, visit LeSudChicago.com.