Alchemy: So close yet still slightly unsatisfying
- globocity Oct 7, 2011 12:08 PM
Naomi Wise's review this week of Alchemy pretty much sums up my several experiences there:
I really want to like this place. There aren't many options in the Park 'hoods for flavorful meals and fun atmospheres.
But somehow Alchemy misses the mark for me. The descriptions of the food turn out better than the actual tastes. Although everything I've tried is GOOD, I have yet to eat something there that makes me want to come back for more.
And yet I've been back, approximately 6 times, expecting something different. The definition of insanity, right?
I'm wondering what my fellow Chowhounders think of this place after recent experiences.
They are changing from time to time their menu from large plates to small plated and back. From their current small plated we always pick 8-10 dishes and a few glasses of wine or cocktails and sit, eat and talk for a few hours. For us most dishes are good (lengua taco, elote, pierogi etc) but we always also liked their large plates, e.g burger, fish in general. The food doesn't have a wow factor like Blanca or Kitchen 1540 but for us it is in general very enjoyable comfort food
Their lingua street tacos I crave. Not too much other stuff but I could go there for those anytime.