Irving Mills Quick Review
Stopped in last night with my wife for a dinner at Irving Mills (16th between Irving and Park). They've only been open a week but it was packed at about 8:45 when we arrived. They said we would be able to get a seat in about 45 minutes so we took a seat at one of the bar stools. The place is really inviting - looks like a German biergarten or an old American country inn - very nice lighting, pumpkins everywhere, muted colors, hard wood tables and lots of picture frames on the walls.
There was a little mix up with our bar order: we originally ordered two drinks but because they hadn't come in a while (and because my wife said, hold on, let me look at the drinks menu) we thought they hadn't been placed so we ordered a bottle of wine. Both came at the same time. No problem, they left the drinks no charge and brought us wine glasses. Best of both worlds.
On to the food: we started with the New Zealand Cockles stew which was amazing. They split it in the kitchen and each bowl had a nice amount of stew, with pieces of chorizo, kale and lots of cockles. Delicious, a real rich tomato broth and the country bread was perfect for sopping up the remains. For mains, my wife had the arctic char and i had the pork chop. I didn't try the arctic char but she said it was fantastic. My pork chop was delicious: it came pre sliced in thick slabs with mustard seeds and an awesome red cabbage that tasted like saurkraut. It was one of the best i've had in the city.
Got too tired for dessert but we'll definitely be back. It was a fantastic evening.
Only complaint: we sat in the front bar room which is very lively and lovely and you can't make reservations for. Apparently though, if you sit in the main dining room, for the same price on food (and exact same menu), you'll get an amuse bouche, petit fours and the ability to order the tasting menu. If they are going to charge the same thing in both rooms, they should at least have a different menu in the front or charge less because you get more in the back dining room for the same amount of money. That doesn't seem quite right.