Wednesday, July 16

Summer Eats at Allium

Prosecco anyone?
Allium, located on the 7th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, recently acquired a new chef who's already making waves in Streeterville. Executive Chef Stephen Wambach has a pretty impressive resume, having worked or opened restaurants in New York, Miami, Burgundy, Rio de Janeiro, Beirut, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and the list goes on. He also helped open Chicago's Epic in 2009.

I had the opportunity to sample some of his creations recently launched as part of Allium's summer menu. The beautiful restaurant is tastefully decorated, as one would expect at any Four Seasons Hotel. The food is just as beautiful, each dish delicately crafted and plated, creating the ultimate food porn. On my recent visit, we sampled a selection of smaller bite-sized versions of Chef Wambach's creations. One of the most flavorful was the fresh ahi topped with shaved black truffle. I could have watched the chefs shaving truffle all.day.long. The dish burst with flavor, as anything topped with fresh truffle does.

Tuna & Fresh Black Truffle
Other summer menu highlights include a white asparagus gazpacho with marcona almond, cucumber, mint, grape, and yogurt. It was almost too beautiful to eat! I loved the savory soup combined with the sweetness of the grape and almond. Other fresh options include ceviche and lemon fish crudo.

White Asparagus Gazpacho
Desserts were also unbelievable! We tried some boozy milkshakes (who doesn't love a good boozy shake?!), homemade creamisicles, brownie bites dipped in chocolate and topped with cotton candy (woah) and apricot macarons. You probably know by now that my favorite course is dessert, and I was not disappointed. I felt like I was in some sugar-filled dream where I didn't know what shape or flavored dessert would pop up next. It was glorious.

Homemade Creamsicles
Allium is a fantastic spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch, or even a glass of bubbly and some sweet treats. I can't wait to return to see what Chef Wambach creates next!

Note: my meal at Allium was complimentary, however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Allium
www.alliumchicago.com
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 E. Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
312.799.4900
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