Every Thursday night when Connie comes back to Chicago, Connie, Ellen and I will get together and try a new restaurant. Unless there is a particular place that Ellen or Connie want to try, I'm usually the one who picks the new place! Which I love! Since all three of us are vegetarian, I have to find a place with more than just one veggie salad. I stumbled upon this gem, fell in love with the menu, and immediately knew we had to try this place Thursday! Dude this place is SO GOOD.
The decor of this place is beautiful; tall ceilings, cement walls, different light fixtures, open view of the kitchen and everything was tastefully decorated. It also overlooks the Chicago River, which is especially nice since it's getting warmer now.
We had some AMAZING dishes for our first course! I definitely thought the appetizers out-shined our main dishes. Those GARLIC FRIES! MY GOD they're some of the best damn fries I've ever had! You can smell the garlic from tables away, seasoned just right, the crisp on the fries was perfect! They're probably one of my favorite fries and I LOVE FRIES. The Fava Bean & Pea Bruschetta was great too! The texture was grainy, similar to pesto, and the parmesan and mint enhanced the flavor of the fava bean and pea, very delicious. OH the fancy little Goat Gouda Gougère - they are like crispy, airy, light, but also cheesy puffs. The cheese wasn't overpowering, but you can definitely taste it. Ellen and I loved it, but Connie, not so much (she's not a fan of cheese unless it's on pizza...yea...). Roasted beets were delicious too, not quite sure what type of cheese it was paired with but it was light. My friend Renee LOVES beets so now I always order them if I see it on the menu.
Entree time: OH MAN that mushroom tagliatelle was tasty. I love mushrooms and have a soft spot for 'em - anything with mushrooms on the menu, I usually get. The mushrooms were chewy and textured, very meaty, but the pasta was not as al dente as I prefer... but still good. My favorite pasta is this handmade pappardelle from Eataly (you gotta try it!). The roasted cauliflower dish was very interesting. Loved the flavors of the roasted cauliflower and the spring pickles. The lentils were cooked right, though they did not taste seasoned. Altogether, it was a decent dish. Connie thinks a bit of lemon added to the dish would have brightened it up a bit.
And, of course, we ALWAYS get dessert, because we can never say no to them! And also because they're damn good. Ellen picked the Sticky Toffee Pudding with house vanilla gelato and we inhaled it - literally. My mom definitely would have liked it too because she loves pecans. This dessert was a bit too sweet for my taste, but that's just my preference.
We left this place FULL AND HAPPY. I'd recommend it, I'm going back for those garlic fries. Maybe I'll see you there!