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Family-Owned Fine Dining Found Around the Corner from Loyola’s Water Tower Campus

Leslie Owen | The PhoenixThe French restaurant “Bistronomic,” which is located on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, serves authentic French fare at a price made for all budgets. The chic restaurant is owned by Chef Martial Noguier and wife.

Bistronomic (840 N. Wabash Ave.) sits on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus under Baumhart Hall and is entirely owned by the husband-and-wife duo, Executive Chef Martial Noguier and Laurence Noguier. 

Despite the fact that the restaurant is on Loyola’s campus, the university only acts as the Noguiers’ landlord and isn’t associated with the actual restaurant.

This family-owned French restaurant serves  authentic French cuisine ideal for a student’s reasonable splurge. 

“We’re a family business so there is no big corporation,” Laurence said. “It’s my husband and myself, we’re running the show.” 

The chic interior of the restaurant is filled with natural light during the day and romantic, low light once the sun goes down. Despite the fancy interior, Laurence emphasized Bistronomic is a welcoming space at heart. 

“We make sure that we are a neighborhood restaurant,” Laurence said. “We want you to come in three times a week and be able to afford it.”

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On Bistronomic’s brunch menu, the soup of the day is priced at $8.95, typical entrees are $13-20 and desserts are around $10. 

The menu is set up in a way that allows customers of all different budgets to dine. The a la carte dinner menu is divided into three sections — small, medium and large plates. This allows diners to choose from a range of price points for their meal. Even college students who want the experience of fine dining can do so without spending too much. 

On Bistronomic’s brunch menu, typical entrees are $13-20 and desserts are around $10. 

The menu features traditional French fare, including a seasonal soup of the day. For those not familiar with French cuisine, escargot (a snail dish) and filet mignon are typical fares. This particular brunch includes a creamy carrot soup with addition of creme fraiche. The croutons mixed in provided some texture to the otherwise smooth soup, with microgreens and parmesan sprinkled on top. 

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The menu features brioche French toast, which is made with creme brulee batter and topped with slices of oranges. Desserts include baked Alaska and a chocolate hazelnut bar dusted with cocoa powder. 

With the wide variety of dishes offered at the restaurant, Laurence said she had trouble choosing just one dish to call her favorite. 

“What do you expect of the woman married to the chef?” Laurence said. “If I had to pick one, the tuna tartare is absolutely amazing.”

Laurence mentioned although Bistronomic sits on Loyola’s campus, in its nine years of business, it hasn’t gotten as many students as it’d hoped. 

Laurence said they would love to welcome all Loyola students for brunch, lunch and dinner. 

Loyola students can get discounts on meals when providing their IDs. The restaurant also has a happy hour running from 5-6:30 p.m. everyday with the exception of Friday and Saturday. The happy hour menu offers a rotation of both food and drink items priced from $5-8. 

Curious readers can visit Bistronomic’s website for more information on its menu and deals.

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