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Quick Report from a Boston Hound

gini Mar 13, 2013 07:26 AM

I have an office in Chicago's West Loop that I get to about once a month. It's a great area for eating, for sure.

Au Cheval:
Marrow Bones with Beef Cheek Marmalade: I am a sucker for all things that involve meat butter and these didn't disappoint. The marmalade was tangy, meaty, and delicious even on a spoon.

Crispy fries with mornay and a fried egg: I love that they undercook their egg whites slightly. While I appreciated the mornay and the fact that it was served on the side, their garlic aioli was a much better dipping sauce.

Single Cheeseburger with bacon: YES - a lovely thin patty, thick & salty bacon, aioli, onions, pickles - the entire bite was delicious, gooey, salty, and satisfying.

I loved the space, the diner feel, and the enthusiastic service from Erika.

Girl and the Goat:
Grilled broccoli with blue cheese and crispies: definitely delicious, though there could have been more blue cheese to my taste. The only issue here is that this dish is so aggressive in flavor and was served about a minute before the sepia, which it completely overwhelmed.

Grilled sepia with goat sausage: delicate, and only tickled the taste buds once 15 minutes or so had elapsed since taking a bite of broccoli.

Beef tongue with masa and frisee: after the sepia, we had to wait around 45 minutes for this dish to show up. Evidently there was a large party before us in the queue, which is why we had to wait so long, but that just seems like poor execution to me. Perhaps hunger is the best seasoning, but this was the best dish of the night.

Escargot ravioli: basically just tasted like salt. Also, the onion crispies are superfluous.

Confit goat belly with bourbon butter and lobster: Perfect way to end the meal as it was slightly sweet. Vanilla flavoring in the bourbon married the goat and lobster together nicely.

The space is certainly bustling, and reservations are clearly a help here. We hovered over the bar and eventually snagged two seats. After our meal, I ended up letting management know about something slightly disappointing that happened: I ordered a glass of Frappato, took a sip, and really disliked it. I asked the bartender for a different glass of red instead, which he brought. At the end of the meal, I was charged for a glass that I didn't drink. I was happy to pay for it and happy to tip our server(s) the appropriate amount, but the entire situation left a bad taste in my mouth, both literally and figuratively. That combined with such a long wait between courses, the free for all for seats, and good, but not mouth-watering food, means I probably won't return any time soon. It's really too bad, but there are a ton of great restaurants in Chicago that I love and can't wait to get back to.

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