I went this past Saturday. Overall it was outstanding.
The whole place, from the front door, main room, kitchen and accessories is top of the line, elegant and oozing refinement.
The location is a little out of the way, set back from Randolph St just East of the highway. I guess it assumes the restaurant is the destination so no need to be in a lively or well frequented area.
We both had the fauna menu with wine pairings.
Overall almost every course displayed the kind of elegance, creativity and balance that was evident at Avenues. But the additional staff in the kitchen seemed to enable a greater degree of complexity in construction and presentation and perfection in execution, evident across all courses consistently.
Only two ingredients - the kumquat jam in the opening caviar dish, and the raw green grapes in the veal cheek dish seemed overpowering or out of place. Other than these, the amazing thing about every course was the elegance, and the way the ingredients melded together in a harmonious way allowing each bite to show off a different nuance of the combination of components.
I don't have the menu to hand, so I can't go through every course, but the scottish salmon and the wagyu beef are the best cooked examples of either I've ever had. The dish that came encased in ginger ice was a magical blend of Asian influenced flavors. The dark chocolate dessert was superb.
Clearly this place has hit a very high degree of creativity and execution very early in its life. I am sure Chef Duffy will regain his two Michelin stars at a minimum.
This place should be top of anyone's list for Chicago fine dining right now.
Sounds awesome - thanks for the review! Definitely piqued my interest for Saturday. Do you recall the price of the menu and of the wine pairings? The prices are not on the restaurant's website; I know it will be pricey (and deservingly so), but just wondering the actual pricepoint.