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Sable Review

chicgail Apr 24, 2011 04:06 PM

After reading all the praise about Sable, we were eager to try it. Dear friends were in from Vancouver this weekend so we booked a table.

What we loved:
The cocktail menu is indeed amazing and the drinks were also excellent. Between the four of us we tried a good variety and everyone was happy.

Our waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly, available and in no way unctuous. I hate waiters who practically sit down at the table with you.

The price is very reasonable. We ordered 9 or 10 small plates, 3 cocktails and maybe 5 or 6 glasses of wine and it came out to about $65 per person.

Heather, the executive chef, was out front serving and greeting. Nice. Reminded me of Stephanie Izard.

Deviled eggs with truffle oil were outstanding.
Loved the wild mushroom sliders.
Graham cracker crusted calamari were perfectly cooked and slightly sweet.
Wonderful rhubarb crunch desert.

What we didn't love:
In spite of the praise I've read, the corn creme brulee was just a corn pudding. The brulee top was sweet/salty and that was nice, but not worth the hype. Wouldn't order it again.

I love short ribs, but the short rib sliders were dry. I left them on my plate after a bite.

It felt more like a really good bar with great food than a really good restaurant with great drinks. That's not necessarily bad, but just not what I had expected.

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    csb95 Apr 24, 2011 06:33 PM

    I agree about the sweet corn creme brulee - It was ok, but not great.

    Of course I had recently had foie gras creme brulee at Sage in Las Vegas and was comparing to that dish :-) Now that was amazing!

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    1. nsxtasy Apr 24, 2011 06:55 PM

      I still think the sweet corn creme brulee is one of the best dishes I've had in the past year, with its "yin yang" of caramelized sugar and cracked sea salt on top. (Also, the silky consistency of the custard in a creme brulee is nothing like that of a starch-thickened pudding.) So I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on that one.

      Glad you enjoyed your dinner there so much!

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      1. re: nsxtasy
        jhojati Apr 25, 2011 11:01 PM

        I agree with nxtasy on the creme brulee. Wife and I both loved it, and would go back simply for that dish and a cocktail.

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        ms. mika Apr 25, 2011 10:10 AM

        I agree about the corn creme brulee too- it was too sweet for me and just seemed like corn pudding with a brulee top.

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        1. re: ms. mika
          nsxtasy Apr 25, 2011 10:50 AM

          I can't think of a restaurant serving corn pudding (with OR without a brulee top) - at least, not since Hat Dance morphed into Nacional 27, and that was about 13 years ago. I'd like to try some corn pudding (even though I know the texture and taste are entirely different from the sweet corn creme brulee at Sable). Please, do tell where corn pudding is being served!

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          sarahelan Apr 25, 2011 11:50 AM

          I agree about the truffeled deviled eggs- best deviled eggs I have ever had!

          1. nsxtasy Apr 25, 2011 03:17 PM

            I'd better stop recommending Sable to others; I see that reservations are a lot tougher to get on Opentable now! :)

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              ChemWork Apr 26, 2011 04:34 AM


              I agree with you about the deviled eggs--they would be excellent at twice the price. I am somewhere in-between you and nsxtasy about the corn brulee. I also understand your dissatisfaction with the short rib sliders. I got the half order (2), ate one and loved it. Then I went to a couple of my other dishes. When I got back to the other slider it had dried out considerably.

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                BigE Apr 27, 2011 01:57 PM

                The aspect that will bring me back to Sable is the unbelievable knowledge of alcohol shared by the bar staff. I sat there for 3-4 hours just learning about everything from whiskey (scotch, irish, bourbon and rye) to tequila. It was awesome.

                I didn't try as much food as I would have liked...next time, I guess.

                1. nsxtasy Apr 27, 2011 02:38 PM

                  This week I had lunch with a friend whose restaurant experience is vastly greater than my own. His take on Sable: "There are a lot of places in Chicago with great food, and a lot of places in Chicago with great drinks and bartenders, but no other place is great at both the way Sable is." He also said he thought Mike Ryan, their head bartender, is one of the three best bartenders in the entire city.

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