Restaurant Review – Robert et Fils

“There’s no better way to honor my father than by opening a restaurant in his name and recreating and sharing our experiences of French dining as a family—talking, drinking and eating amazing food.”

– Robert Shaner, Chef/Owner

Robert et Fils, which translates to ‘Robert and Son,’ describes itself as “intimate in scale and quaint in detail, infused with the elegance of classic French cuisine and the joy of dining like a Parisian.”

This is a French gem of a restaurant in North Center, near Lincoln Square. With universal 5.0 reviews on Google, and the indoor dining room opened on December 3, it’s a perfect time to experience the elegance of elevated French cuisine. 

Robert et Fils opened in late 2020 to rave reviews and earned its reputation by offering mouth-watering to-go menus with detailed, easy to read instructions for serving.   Their rotating menus, as they say on their website, explore modern techniques and Japanese ingredients, with a deep respect for French gastronomy. 

One Google reviewer opined, ‘The steak was really tender and well seasoned. We also liked the wine pairing add on. We will definitely be back….”

Their tasting menu rotates, but some recently archived examples included the following: 

Baguette Maison, served with cultured butter.

Terrine de Foie de Volaille: chicken liver mousse with mustard, served with a spring fennel salad.

Poulet Rôti / Mélange de Légumes Fermiers: Roasted chicken with preserved lemon stuffing and mixed farmed vegetables, along with the following instructions to enjoy it to the fullest:

“Place your desired amount of meat in center of the plate, and arrange the mixed vegetables around it. Use a spoon to contour the chicken with the jus provided. Chef recommends not oversaucing the chicken, as it may soften its crispy skin.”

Your instruction is our command, Chef!

This Parisian degustation feast concluded with Galette aux Fruits, which pairs Tarragon puff pastry with seasonal fruits in a buttermilk crème anglaise. 

To accompany the meal, the restaurant offers Wine and cocktail pairings for $90 per person, or a Spirit-free (non-alcoholic) pairing for $70 per person.

Christmas dinner 2021 could be a true joyeux Noël. Robert et Fils’ Christmas dinner to go includes a 10-pound whole aged goose, glazed with citrus chestnut and fermented honey. Other sweet and savory items including Pâté en Croute and Buche de Noel. ​Christmas dinners serve 6-8 people and are available for $205 per person via the Tock app.

Robert et Fils is located at 4229 North Lincoln Avenue, and is open for indoor dining on Friday & Saturday only, 5:30-10pm. Reservations are a must. For more information, click here.