It's difficult to write a recommendation or a review because Brasserie by LM is so inconsistent. I live in the neighborhood, and this is one of very few "grownup" restaurants in the college town of the South Loop. So I keep giving it another try, but sometimes I'm disappointed, like in this visit. In two previous lunches I've really enjoyed the croques with outstanding french fries. So I recommended the spot to my lunch group of 5 - 8 ladies who go to a neighborhood restaurant each month. Wouldn't you know--this time the sandwiches must have been sitting for a very long time before anyone thought to deliver them to us, because when we got them everything was lukewarm. We all sent our fries back but were too hungry to send back the sandwiches. Lukewarm béchamel is not pleasant. I had ordered a salad with dressing on the side. The one delivered to me was drenched in dressing, but the waiter was nowhere to be found. He had disappeared shortly after taking our order. I complained, and he took it off the bill, but I still did not have the salad I craved.
It seems that every other time I come here, something goes wrong. Probably next time I have lunch it will be perfect. But I can't count on it, so will not recommend the restaurant lest I be reviled by the person to whom I give the recommendation.