2300 north lincoln park west
chicago, il 60614
this meal had a lot to live up to, and while i am not sure that it quite hit the highs of our past visits, it was still excellent. first things first, i love my bread, and l2o still has the best bread program i have yet experienced. while all of the offerings are great, the bacon epi, pain au lait, and (most importantly) rosemary croissant deserve the most praise. between my wife and i, we consumed almost twenty pieces and required a second pad of butter. as for the menu itself, every course was good with some being exceptional, but there were a few too many cold dishes for my taste, and i missed the inclusion of a meat course to finish the savory portion of the meal. my favorite courses were geoduck, foie gras "pbj", crab soup, cusk, and chocolate. i was disappointed to find that the canele was no longer included with the mignardises, but the take home kouign amann was a welcomed addition.
service was terrific as expected, with everyone being professional yet laid back with no pretension or rigidness to be found. the sommelier was very helpful in assisting us with wine selections by the glass throughout the course of the night, and for the first time we were offered a tour of the kitchen at meals end. as stated above, l2o is the restaurant that got me into fine dining, and it will always be special to me for that reason. i know that i will return again someday, but my trips to chicago are likely to lessen in favor of other destinations, so i do not see it happening in the near future.
cockles, iceberg, parmesan
matsutake, spiny lobster, mango, rosemary
strawberry, foie gras, brioche, lillet
etrilles, orange, fennel, saffron
vive, variegated lemon, cucumber, tarragon
cusk, turnip, foie gras, chives
abalone, bone marrow, black truffle
pineapple, coconut rum, lemon
cream puff, chartreuse
cannoli, citrus, anise
chocolate, lemon, brioche, olive oil