Yup, Telegraph was as good as advertised. It has received a lot of attention and was on Chicago Magazine's Top 20 for 2012. The theme is euro wine bar with american food, and the setting is awesome with wood everywhere, clean lines, very knowledgeable and friendly staff and plenty of choices for food/drink. The menu is simple with just four relatively small sections: hors d’oeuvre, fish, meat and cheese (and dessert of course). However, the relative small size of the menu is more than made up for with high quality and interesting flavors throughout. The first main decision is wine, and there is no shortage of options. I don't mind that they avoid the 'flight' style of wine bar - just order a glass or bottle and explore the variety of options. I got the lucky invite to join Doug and Mish Malcolm on this adventure and we started the night by making another friend named Judith. She just happens to be an Austrian wine from 2009 'judith beck' (a great springtime red, medium-full bodied, w/dark rhubarb, leafy greens and peppery spice). It was delicious and perfect for the occasion. We enjoyed the small plate style and ordered a bunch of stuff and one thing twice (meatballs!). Oysters were only $1 each so we did a half dozen in addition to trying the baby kale salad (their version of a caesar), pork and beef meatballs, seared scallops, housemade fettuccine with rabbit, and finally olive oil poached albacore tuna (and we also ordered another round of meatballs for good measure).
We had a lot of favorites - great meatballs with awesome olive sauce (and I dislike olives), tasty oysters, really good salad (with a pickled egg too) and a delicious scallop dish with a fun and refreshing grapefruit foam/slices. The tuna was the worst dish - pretty bland and dry, and the pasta with rabbit was just ok (I didn't love the pasta texture) but the sauce was nice. All said we had a great meal and a great time drinking two bottles of wine and ordered food to try a lot of different things. I'd be curious to try a cheese course, dessert and maybe another meat dish. The place has a great vibe and deserves all the acclaim received - one of my favorites of the year. I look forward to returning soon.