1639 south wabash avenue
chicago, il 60616
about the restaurant:
- located on a somewhat desolate stretch of road in the south loop
- chef/owner is ryan mccaskey, who before opening acadia spent time under achatz and tramonto before taking the executive chef position at courtright's in western springs, il
- acadia's cusine is contemporary american, and takes inspiration from mccaskey's time in the state of maine
- one michelin star, three from vettel in the tribune
details of our visit:
5:30 pm. reservation immediately prior to driving back home to st. louis. six course tasting menu with one supplement for each of us. acadia was the last of the current michelin starred chicago restaurants we had yet to visit.
amuse bouche of daikon radish poached in chicken broth with chicken cracklings
yellow fin tuna - jade abalone, summer truffle, yuzu, fiddleheads
lubina - herb oil, tomato emulsion, brandade, ghost shrimp
foie gras - miso cured, grilled, black seasame crumble, umeboshi, pickled asian pear, miso pear butter
biscuits with salted butter
english pea agnolotti - serano ham, pea tendrils, oyster mushrooms
stonington lobster - pommes dauphine, arancini, black trumpet, sour cream pastry, thumbelina carrots, bisque
bone marrow - peeky toe crab, veal cheek, truffle, textures and garnishes
rabbit - cherrywood bacon, sunchoke, sicilian pistachio, garlic, spring onion
mascarpone sorbet, lychee snow, grilled rhubarb
ile flottante - tropical fruits, acacia honey, espelette, olive oil
the gentleman handling our table was around my age (late twenties), and did a great job relating to us while still remaining professional. dishes arrived at a proper pace, and i liked how when i asked for a red wine to pair with the last two courses, our server took the extra step and brought two separate half pours to go with each dish.
everything lived up to the michelin one star rating, with the lubina, foie, and rabbit courses being my absolute favorites. i wasn't wowed by the sweets, but that is pretty normal for me.
attractive space, friendly/knowledgeable service, and solid one star food. at the end of the day, however, acadia definitely falls in my "glad i tried it" column, as a return visit is unlikely given the semantics involved.