Chicago: Graham Elliot (**)

Graham Elliot. You may recognize him as a judge on the popular TV show MasterChef. It is also one of the two restaurants that have earned Two Michelin Stars in Chicago. With credentials like that, I was hoping this would be one of the most promising meal I would have in Chicago. Or was it?

Famous for combining casual atmosphere with fine dining, brick walls, hard wood floor, and diagonally aligned tables greeted me upon arriving at the spacious restaurant. Even the waiters were wearing t-shirts and jeans. Am I really in a Two Michelin Star restaurant? I reminded myself this was all about food, so a drink was ordered and a preview of the 16 course chef’s menu was presented – because this was the only way the go.

Lollipop

Salmon, cheese, bagel, dill.

Tomato, laurel, cress, peppercorn.

Spot Prawn, lime, cilantro, avocado.

Octopus, eggplant, pepper, saffron.

Corn, lobster, fingerlime, verbena.

Cucumber, sorbet, coriander, melon.

Foie

Halibut, squash, caviar, grape.

Chanterelle, crab, burnet, artichoke.

Beef, potato, nasturtium, pepper.

Watermelon

Epoisses, vanilla, pecan orange.

Blueberry, basil, calamansi, violet.

Raspberry, rose, lychee, rose petal.

Lollipop

Overall, the menu was good. I appreciate the modern, sophisticated presentation which contrasted with the unusual casual style of the restaurant and its staff. However, I felt that the flavors was a bit on the conservative side and could use some bolder tastes.

Snapshot:

Name: Graham Elliot
Address: 217 W. Huron St. Chicago, IL, 60610, USA (Map)
Phone: 312.624.9975
Web: www.grahamelliot.com
Menu: Link
Dishes You Must Try: Corn, Foie, Beef
OpenTable Profile: Link
Graham Elliot on Urbanspoon Rating: 84% (out of 254 votes, as of this writing)
Yelp Rating: 4/5 (out of 644 reviews, as of this writing)
Finest Dish’s Quality Rating: 3/5
Finest Dish’s Service Rating: 3.5/5

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