Thursday, September 26, 2013

elizabeth (2) - chicago, il
4835 n. western unit d
chicago, il 60625

i am going to keep this short as i just don't have the time to write like i used to, but i honestly cannot say enough good things about this meal and elizabeth as a whole. this was our second time at the restaurant, and the experience definitely lived up to the memories of our first meal. naming standout courses would be tough as almost every dish was excellent, but i will say that the corn soup/wheat biscuit dish was absolutely phenomenal. i urge anyone who is interested in this type of dining to go to elizabeth will not be disappointed!

tomatoes; drink and pop
raventos I blanc, 'l'hereu', conca del riu anoia, spain 2010


beef tartare with zucchini and sea beans
rose d'aurore, cotes de provence, france

tree nest with zucchini

trout roe, corn custard, elotes flavors
les vins de vienne, viognier, france 2011

corn soup with wheat biscuit

watermelon and crab
schichi hon yari, shizuku junmai daiginjo, shiga, japan

salmon, leek, and cucumber
domaine skouras, moscofilero, peloponnese, greece 2011

shrimp noodles
tenuta delle terre nere, etna bianco, sicily 2012

quail egg, potato puree, black truffle (with edible twigs)

rabbit wrapped in bacon
emilio moro, tinto fino, ribera del duero, spain 2009 

one pill makes you larger

hunter and gather stew featuring venison three ways
francois villard, 'reflect', saint joseph, france 2007

bear on the rocks

test tube

mascarpone, queen anne's lace, dill pickle
elio perrone, 'bigaro', moscato d'uva, italy 2012

mushroom brownies
jasci, 'manes', terre di chieti, italy 2008

chocolate and caramel cookies and blue berry pate du fruit


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

next (bocuse d'or) - chicago, il
953 west fulton market
chicago, il 60607

this was our first meal at next, and our expectations of the restaurant itself along with the specific menu being served were both met and easily surpassed. the service style reminded me very much of alinea, where each staff member was professional, but also personable, humorous, and easy to converse with. the menu itself was a celebration of paul bocuse the chef along with a tribute to the cooking contest bearing his name. the meal was one of the richest and most filling tasting menus i have yet encountered, and falls in my top ten of all time. if you have the chance to obtain tickets, i definitely recommend doing so.

terrine of veal with frisee salad and cipollini marmalade

***hors d'oeuvres***

osetra caviar with whipped beurre blanc and pine nut

mousse of dardon ham and madeira aspic
beckmen le bec blanc 2011

custard of cauliflower with verjus rouge, rose, and foie gras

soufflé of prawns
amaurice viognier, walla walla 2011
charred lettuce, bottarga, bonito, and peanut
brook trout with coddled eggs, celeriac, and green blueberries
scholium project midan al-tahrir, california 2009
neah bay salmon with beets, browned butter, and parsley
consommé of roasted mushrooms - paul bocuse
wild hog pinot noir, russian river 2009
***volaille & viande***
pheasant smoked in hay with grilled baby leek, caramelized onion, and sauce blanquette

ribeye of beef with boudin vert, roasted carrot, sauce béarnaise, and potato marrow
yorkville cellars rennie vineyard carmenere, mendocio 2010

tete de moine with cashews, pear, and milk skin
milbrandt estates riesling ice wine, columbia valley 2010
ice cream bombe in the style of apple pie
egg cream
a cube of squash with huckleberry, butter pecan ice cream, and pecan oatmeal cookie
egg cream
truffle of chocolate, raspberry and hazelnut
salted caramel macaron
bitter chocolate taffy