The restaurant is minimalistic in design but had a very loud and enegertic feel. We were seated in the middle of the dining room which afforded me the opportunity to check out what everyone else was ordering. I managed to snap some photos of our courses with my iPhone camera, so apologies for the lack of quality. Let's get to the food already!
There were about 10 or so options for appetizers and then another 10 choices for entrees, so it was a difficult decision for sure! For his appetizer, the BF went with a gnocchi dish prepared in an ultra creamy gorgonzola sauce (alfredo-like) and topped with a generous portion of chopped truffles. One bite of this was enough for me; it was extremely rich and delicious!
|Gnocchi with gorgonzola and truffles|
|Fried risotto balls with braised goat, saffron and taleggio cheese|
|Braised wagyu beef cheek with eggplant parmiggiana, riccota, tomato sauce, basil|
|Grilled bone-in lamb blade chop with horseradish mashed potatoes, glazed green beans, hazelnuts & mint|
After the first bite, I was hooked. The rich custard was very light and airy in texture, similar to a chocolate mousse, and the caramelized sugar layer on top added a nice crunch. As if the dessert didn't have enough chocolate, it was topped with a homemade chocolate chip biscotti that was hand-dipped in chocolate. The chocolate was high quality but the biscotti wasn't as good as the chocolate chip mandel bread I made a little while ago.
Overall, our meal was delicious from start to finish. We had the opportunity to try a wide assortment of items off of the menu and I think it really says something about the restaurant's food when every single item is delicious. Chicago Restaurant Week may be over but fortunately, Ceres' Table will be offering their three-course $33 option until March 3, 2012. If you're looking for a casual and flavorful dining experience, head to Ceres' Table.
You're bound to try something amazing!
|Chocolate crème brûlée with homemade chocolate-dipped biscotti|
Chicago, IL 60640