We love Chicago's restaurant week. We started our tour of restaurants on Tuesday, at Elate. Mr F and I decided to get one of each of the first courses, we both got the same second course, and then each got one of the desserts!
Parsnip bisque almond / curry / golden raisins or
Roasted Sunchoke Romaine hooks blue / rosemary / pumpernickel / kumquat
Quail Breast gnocchi / mustard green/ coco nibs / royal trumpet or
Skate Wing beluga lentils / onion soubise / thyme / capper [This was substituted for something else actually, after we looked it up and found out that a skate looks like a sting ray.]
Pumpkin Semifreddo candied pecan crumble / pomegranate seeds / salted carmel or
Pumpkin Semifreddo samoa cookie pot de crème
We really enjoyed the parsnip bisque. It was rich and creamy and perfect for a damp, windy winter night. The salad was also wonderful especially since the dressing was on the bottom and not saturating all the lettuce. The quail was delectable and the perfect amount. We practically died over our desserts. The pumpkin semifreddo was frozen custard, yumminess. The samoa cookie pot de creme had Girl Scout cookies on top!!!!
I highly recommend Elate. We liked the homey, yet trendy atmosphere and the amazing food. We will definitely be back, especially for the $1 oyster night (Wednesdays)!