The first week of May, Chef Michael Lachowicz introduced his trio of restaurants at 64 Green Bay Road in Winnetka, aka, George Trois Group. Focusing on tFrench cuisine, Aboyer and Silencieux are the new siblings to George Trois. After a two-month hiatus, classically trained veteran chef Michael Lachowicz introduces the North Shore to three different styles of gastronomy at one address.
“We’ve been in Winnetka for 14 years now and it was time for a change,” says Chef Michael Lachowicz. “I’ve listened to my customers and am very excited to present Aboyer and Silencieux, plus unveil the new look of George Trois.”
Meaning, “to bark,” Aboyer (ab-wah-yay) is an American-French brasserie influenced by inspirations from around the world. With two definitions of ‘brasserie’ – the first being the French word for ‘brewery’ and the second being a type of French restaurant with a relaxed setting and professional service – Aboyer is the latter. French pub grub mixed with classic, craft cocktails, the 56-seat space exudes quick service in a nouveau brasserie-style. “Aboyer is what Winnetka needed – an urban outpost 18 miles from the city,” says Lachowicz. “It’s a welcoming restaurant where guests can sit at the bar for a cocktail or have a weekday meal in under an hour.”
Featuring starters such as Beausoleil Oyster Shooters, Wasabi Espuma, Cucumber Gelée, Sake & Micro Shiso ($4) and Rabbit & Sage Sausage, Charred Savoy Cabbage Confit, White Quinoa, Finger Lime & Serrano Ham Crisps ($13), main courses at Aboyer include Berkshire Pork, Grilled Tenderloin and Thai Spiced Braised Belly, Pomme Pureé, Morels, Broccolini ($27) and Trout with Red Miso Glaçage, Okra Beignet, Pickled Daikon Radish, Edamame ($23).
To the right is Silencieux, a 24-seat dining room that evokes a mid-century ambiance. The French translation for “quiet,” Silencieux (see-lawn-soo), is reserved for those looking for a conversation-friendly meal and mid-level fine dining experience, similar to its predecessor, Restaurant Michael. “Guests will feel the embrace of the kitchen in every bite,” says Lachowicz
Featuring dishes including Ragout of Escargot & Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Roquefort-Bordelaise Sauce, Pomme Puree to Roast Breast of Dry Aged Duck, Confit Leg & Fava Bean Ragout, Kumquat Gastrique, Pomme Lyonnaise, guests are offered a three-course prix-fixe menu with choices of first course, main entrée and dessert ($85).
Priced at $205 per guest, the 12-course menu at George Trois is a culinary tour, each dish plated and presented by Chef Michael Lachowicz.
Aboyer, George Trois and Silencieux are located at 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, Illinois 60093. Hours of operation at Aboyer are Tuesday – Sunday, 5:30 – 11 pm and will accept a limited amount of reservations but is walk-in friendly. Reservations for Silencieux are accepted Wednesday – Sunday, 5:30 – 11 pm. Reservations for George Trois are accepted Wednesday – Sunday at various seating times ranging from 6-9 pm.