Friday, November 8, 2013

Chicago: Grace

Canapé 1
Crab, butter

Canapé 2
Honeydew melon sphere, caviar

Canapé 3
Plum soda with tapioca

Oyster
blueberry, sea bean, LAVENDER

Heirloom Tomato
burrata, lemon, THAI BASIL

butter and herb spread 

Olive bread

Squab
kaffir, green strawberry, SORREL

Cheese crisp

Artichoke
sicilian pistachio, sweet curry, DANDELION



Miyazaki Beef
chanterelle, watermelon, MASHUA LEAF

Pretzel Epi Baguette

Lamb
kale, parsley root, BLACK MINT

Raspberry
lychee, kokum, NASTURTIUM

Peach
black sugar, licorice, LEMON VERBENA


Chocolate
ground cherry, hazelnut, HYSSOP



I don't normally visit a restaurant during it's first year of operations but I made an exception for the best new restaurant in Chicago. I had a sense that if I don't go now, I may have trouble getting a reservation later due to demand. While I saw a number of Alinea inspired dishes, Chef Curtis Duffy is heading in the right direction. The space is beautiful. I was in awe of the wood paneling and it was reminiscent of the space at El Celler de Can Roca, natural but modern. I wouldn't mind coming back to try the other menu.

Grace Restaurant
652 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661
http://www.grace-restaurant.com/

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