2118 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
the new space is nicely decorated, the staff attractive and the barman was friendly. we sat outside and i have to say i'm not a fan of the communal tables (especially on a date) but there's no choice so we went with the flow. \r
being unsure of the size of the portions and in no hurry, we wanted to order our meal one coarse at a time but were informed that "" you have to order everything at once"". that's a pet peeve of mine especially when eating food that doesn't require lengthy or complicated preparation.\r
we ordered our ""small plates"" , white pizza and gazpacho. both were very nice, especially the soup.\r
our ""large plates"" were not good and certainly not large. my bouillabaisse was ""constructed"" in a small deep bowl with a tiny piece of chilean bass at the bottom and some rock shrimp and mussels on top, there was barely enough broth (which was very tasty) to cover the bottom of the bowl, leaving the shrimp and mussels dry and tasteless (all the ingredients had obviously been cooked separately and only the bass had any flavour). the toasted bread that accompanies the dish is pointless as there's not enough broth to dip it in . \r
my dates skate wing fish and chips was awful. the skate (naturally one of the most moist of fish) was as dry as a bone and tasted like fish fingers that had been under a heat lamp for an hour at a buffet. growing up in europe where skate wing is very expensive and treated as a delicacy, i've never imagined it was possible to prepare it so poorly. \r
for desert we tried the creme brulee which had good flavour but again the preparation was terrible, once the sugared top was broken it was liquid inside, like an amateur had made it. \r
the wine list was interesting and reasonably priced, we enjoyed the champagne by the glass and a very nice bottle of sauvignon blanc. the service at duchamp was attentive and unobtrusive, the wine selection good . however the preparation of the food is very poor, i really wanted to like duchamp but i didn't.