Alinea

Alinea
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…

 

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Communal | Parsnip, Osetra, Lemon, White Pepper

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Shaker | Pomegranate

Cake | Black Walnut, Mace

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Wet snow | Asian Pear, Roe, Shiso

Spear | Romaine, Avocado, 

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Raina Raina | Spanner Crab, Coconut, Curry

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Glow | Spiced Orange

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Black | Olive, Artichoke

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Ink | Squid, Black Garlic, Chrysanthemum

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Crunch | Rouille, Nori

Paper | Langoustine, Bouillabaisse, Olive Oil

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Smolder | Thyme, Sage, Onion

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The Cape | Clam, Potato, Bacon

Old Bay | “Oyster Cracker”

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Glass | Blueberry, Lapsang Souchong, Maitake

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Coal | Squab, Black Forbidden Rice, Binchotan

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Bean | Tenderloin, Spices

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Rock | Sweet Potato, Chocolate, Miso

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Invisible | Pata Brisee, Pumpkin

Campfire | Dark Chocolate, Birch, Marshmallow

Balloon | Helium, Grape

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Paint | White Chocolate, Grapefruit, Coffee

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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.