Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gilt Bar

Location:  230 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60610
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A Quick Word:
Gilt Bar has constantly been one of the most popular places for Chicago locals.  This speakeasy type restaurant and bar is dimly lit and a great place for social gatherings.  Besides unique cocktails and a great beer list, they have a huge variety of classic dishes spruced up to fit current trends.  Most of the food I tried was excellent; however, with their constantly changing menu, it may be hit or miss whenever you try the restaurant.  This restaurant is definitely a great place to bring a date or just grab a few drinks with friends before heading out in the city!

What We Ate:

Burrata and Mint-Spring Peas on Toast

Gilt Bar has an array of appetizers served on toast.  I had heard amazing reviews of their ever-changing burrata cheese appetizer so we decided to try the mint-spring pea option.  Unfortunately, I immediately was disappointed.  Served next to toasted baguette slices, the burrata cheese was very watery and definitely overpowered by the mint and pea combination.  They added way too much mint, which gave the entire dish an overwhelming grassy flavor.  The peas were mashed and just a difficult dish to eat.  Maybe the next time the special will be better!

Tomato and Pancetta Pasta

This pasta was very simple.  It was a spaghetti style noodle cooked in a tomato sauce with chopped of pieces of pancetta.  The tomatoes were heirloom (my favorite) giving the dish a great color.  I did like how they gave the tomatoes a rough chop as opposed to puree.  The dish was topped with grated parmesan cheese and some garlic.  I wasn't a fan of this portion of cheese and wished it had something similar to what I described in the gnocchi below.

Ricotta Gnocchi

So I am a huge fan of gnocchi and have tried it at many restaurants in the city and have learned how to make it in Italy.  The gnocchi at Gilt Bar is definitely different from what I had in Italy, but overall it is still amazing.  The ricotta gnocchi were soft, tender, and had amazing flavors.  It was served with squash and porkbelly.  The greatest part of the dish was the freshly shaved parmesan cheese covering the entire dish.  It gave an incredible bite to the dish... one that makes me crave it even more.  I just wish it came with more!

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- The drinks here are great so definitely splurge a little bit!
- Take public transportation or taxis, parking around here is difficult.

- The food we got was delicious, but I wouldn't order these items before trying some of the others.

How far would I walk for this food?

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