Avenues at the Peninsula Hotel

2 Apr

I broke my no-carb diet this past Wednesday in perfect fashion – eating bread, drinking wine, and enjoying desserts at Avenues, a two-Michelin star at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago.  I’m not going to go into much analysis here as school is back in session, but Avenues was the best meal I’ve had in Chicago thus far (better than L2O, Ria, and the other Michelin stared restaurants I’ve been to so far).  The chef de cuisine, Curtis Duffy, worked at both Charlie Trotters and Alinea (two of Chicago’s top restaurants) before taking the helm at Avenues.  He has done a masterful job here.  You can order either the tasting menu ($115 for the Vegetarian; $135 for the non-Vegetarian) or just order a la carte.  The tasting menu was about eight courses, and also included different courses of breads and butters (all of which were amazing).  The plating of the food was very artistic and creative but did not take away from the taste of the food at all.  Overall, the experience was top notch and I hope to be back here again soon.

Alaskan King Crab – golden brooke trout roe, kalamansi, lemon mint [one of their signature dishes]

Faroe Island Salmon – brandade, pommery mustard, fennel blossom [salmon was poached in olive oil – delicious and tender]

Grains, Seeds, Nuts – amaranth veil, sultana, sunflower

Hamachi – lardo, yuru, purslane

Beef Short Ribs – lime, pinnuts, cilantro flowers

Sudachi – togarashi, orange mint [served on a monkey branch – recipe here:  http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=7769097]

Coconut – vanilla, freeze dried saffron, Vietnamese balm [quite possibly one of the best desserts I have ever had; not even sure what it was]

Sambirano Valley Chocolate – brown butter, mandarin, stevia


Website: http://www.peninsula.com/Chicago/en/Dining/default.aspx#/Chicago/en/Dining/Avenues/
108 East Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours:  Tue -Thu 5:30 pm – 10 pm; Fri – Sat 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/avenues-at-the-peninsula-chicago-chicago
Winston’s rating:  5 out of 5 stars


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