Here is the menu from last night broken down into manageable "bites" so to speak... LOL
We started with a wonderful cocktail in the freight elevator (sounds weird but is completely cool and the cocktail was very nice - infused green tea based with some chartreuse and I think gin) Then we went into the main dining area and mingled a bit with some of the other guests and greeted staff members we know from prior visits. Then we sat down to Phil's favorite champagne- LOL (his birthday dinner began exactly as if he had planned it LOL)
the food will follow the menu order-
(my version did not have the coconut dashi due to allergy)
the spring roll is among my favorite courses - so flavorful!
on to the next group of courses-
the next dish of wagyu tartare was gasp worthy OMG- so good- and the the puffed beef tendon was perfect crunch to go with the softness of the high end beef- rumor has it they are massaged LOL - and to give it a full spectrum of flavors and textures a beef broth was served along with the tartare...
this vermouth combination was excellent - so make note of those two - combined and then se4rved on the rocks...
the trout also got it's own broth enhancement-
this photo does not do justice to this course which had numerous textures and flavors going on in this small bowl-
the bread with crunchy bits - is terrific - again the textures just WOW you at Oriole...
the to die for pasta without and then with the shaved truffles on top - everyone at the table had the same reaction of OMG!
OK I know this looks like an ordinary croissant - maybe even a good one but it is filled with raclette and is fabulous!
I love the flavors of this chicory custard dessert! and the liquid nitrogen freezing process gives incredible texture to the course as well-
Phil's mignardise - with a birthday greeting on the tray...
the talented team that brought this spectacular meal to all of the diners last night!
the menu as printed
and a photo I love, from the wall of the restaurant which has little to distract you from the food - this cute guy makes me smile every time I see him -partly because he is cute and more because I know we have had or about to have another outstanding meal at Oriole Chicago!
tonight dinner with friends - tomorrow and Friday theater tickets - so watch for those reviews and in the meantime I will be sure to catch up with the #deserttrip2016 photos and synopsis of the three day music festival we just got back from....
as always - stay tuned!