Salvador Dali is best known for his surrealist paintings, but the Spanish artist also wrote and illustrated his own cookbook. The extremely rare work inspired iNG executive chef Tim Havidic, who based each of the ten courses for the restaurant’s new tasting menu on a different Dali quote or painting. At a preview for the menu, which launched on Nov. 20, I got to sample three of the dishes along with some of iNG’s cocktails, which show the same innovative spirit you’ll find in the food. The Kimura, a very tart blend of St. Germain and grapefruit juice, contains tiny gel balls reminiscent of what you’d find in bubble tea. The … Read more
River North’s French restaurant, LM Bistro, just revamped their cocktail and food menus, and they sure deliver. LM Bistro is a trendy and romantic hot spot in the heart of River North. Their cocktails receive the same attention and artistry that they dedicate to their cuisine. Since this is a French restaurant, their wine list is spectacular as well. Let’s begin with a low-down on the décor. I positively loved the dark and trendy atmosphere. It’s sexy enough for a date night but not too romantic to be discounted for a girls’ night out. The menu was short but very comprehensive; there was plenty of variety that could cater to anyone’s preferences. … Read more
Moto executive chef Richie Farina finds inspiration for his dishes in the aisles of Crate & Barrel. A vase of river rocks inspired his “river course,” where tiny smoked salmon bagels are served atop rocks. Steam wafts over them to resemble a misty riverbank. Farina, who took over as executive chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant this year, also has a different take on a seasonal menu. “I think about the smells and sights of the season rather than the tastes.” So when fall started, he introduced a campfire boar course meant to be reminiscent of warming up by a fire. It also contains the hearty flavors of wild boar jerky, braised … Read more
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