Sunday, September 7, 2014

boka (2) - chicago, il
1729 north halsted street
chicago, il 60614

my first visit to boka was in april of 2013, and while it was solid meal, the current iteration of the restaurant under chef lee wolen is a significant step up. readers of this blog know that i tend to gravitate toward tasting menus. this is partially because i often find myself getting bored with an entree sized dish halfway through. this did not happen at boka, as some of dishes had a complexity that made each bite different, and others were just so effing good that i could have had seconds. desserts definitely kept up with the savories, and the bonus coconut rice pudding course our server brought us was very much appreciated. this was the most successful al a carte meal i can honestly remember having, and as a reaction to it i have chosen betony (helmed by another eleven madison park alum.) for one of my dinners on an upcoming nyc trip. there is no doubt in my mind that boka will retain its michelin star, and it is the first chicago based restaurant i would recommend to anyone not looking to drop serious money on a 3+ hour tasting menu.
cocktails to begin

amuse of chilled asparagus soup

pretzel roll and olive loaf with housemade butter

heirloom carrots, pistachios, amaranth, smoked goat cheese

heirloom tomatoes, ricotta, pickled watermelon, sesame, olives

foie gras terrine, gooseberries, hazelnuts, vadouvan

grilled spanish octopus, plum, garlic, roasted pork broth

roasted chicken, fennel, radicchio, pistachio, brioche

olive oil poached dorade, gulf shrimp, tomatoes, zucchini, pickled ramps,

coconut rice pudding, tres leches, lime, cassis sorbet

chocolate ganache, caramelized white chocolate, plum, pistachio ice cream

roasted peaches, olive oil cake, buttermilk, pecan ice cream

peppermint patties

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