1723 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
b/t Willow St & Concord Pl Lincoln Park
February 27, 2018
haha, correct, it’s Alinea.
Even though the food I like the most is things taste homespun, but hey, I still dreamt to go to the America’s high church of fine dining Alinea since time immemorial. And the heart gets what it wants I guess (shout out to my dearest boyfriend who made the reservation forcefully).
Here we were in Chicago, last December, on a shockingly warm Friday, at the Gallery, having a multi-sensory 18-course menu. The whole experience is about edginess, austerity, and spotlight. Such a treat to the fun-loving us two.
I am sharing photos of food rundown for now. I will be back to do my clarification, hopefully soon…
Communal | Parsnip, Osetra, Lemon, White Pepper
Shaker | Pomegranate
Cake | Black Walnut, Mace
Wet snow | Asian Pear, Roe, Shiso
Spear | Romaine, Avocado,
Raina Raina | Spanner Crab, Coconut, Curry
Glow | Spiced Orange
Black | Olive, Artichoke
Ink | Squid, Black Garlic, Chrysanthemum
Crunch | Rouille, Nori
Paper | Langoustine, Bouillabaisse, Olive Oil
Smolder | Thyme, Sage, Onion
The Cape | Clam, Potato, Bacon
Old Bay | “Oyster Cracker”
Glass | Blueberry, Lapsang Souchong, Maitake
Coal | Squab, Black Forbidden Rice, Binchotan
Bean | Tenderloin, Spices
Rock | Sweet Potato, Chocolate, Miso
Invisible | Pata Brisee, Pumpkin
Campfire | Dark Chocolate, Birch, Marshmallow
Balloon | Helium, Grape
Paint | White Chocolate, Grapefruit, Coffee
Nugget | Sesame, Brown Butter, Gold
One more serious word: too many great restaurants fade at dessert, but not Alinea. Every freakin dessert breaks new ground.