I stopped in with fellow foodie Erin of 312Food for a weeknight dinner in the cozy dining room. Allium is the type of place you can easily spend hours just enjoying a glass of wine and good conversation. Toward the end of the night it was difficult to remove myself from my spot near the warm fireplace and my oversized leather chair.
Chef Wambach stopped by to point out some of his favorite items on the menu, which happen to include dishes that tend to stay on the menu throughout the seasons. One of those dishes is the tuna crudo with passion fruit, black truffle, and parsnip. Not only is this dish beautifully plated, it has the intense aroma of truffles. Each precious bite was luxurious as the tuna melted in your mouth.The parsnip chips added a salty and crispy contrast to the tender fish.
|Tuna Crudo with Black Truffle, Passion Fruit & Parsnip|
|Maine Lobster Cassoulet with White Beans, Chanterelles, Clams & Herbs|
Other chef-recommended entrees include the seared scallops, poached grey snapper, and dry-aged duck breast.
|House Gnocchi with Veal Ragu, Maitake & Black Pepper Ricotta|
Ultimately, we decided on the chocolate toffee pudding cake with maple bourbon ice cream (!), tangerine pomegranate sauce, candied pecans, and Asian pear. Despite its appearance, the cake was actually fairly light and spongey. I wanted more of an intense chocolate flavor, but loved the tart balance from the pomegranate arils and tangerine pomegranate sauce. The ice cream was creamy and smooth with just a hint of bourbon.
|Chocolate Toffee Pudding Cake with Maple Bourbon Ice Cream|
Allium is the type of place that makes you forget you're right at the center of Chicago's hustle and bustle, a mere seven floors below. It's a warm and inviting space with excellent service, but would you expect anything less from The Four Seasons? I highly recommend enjoying a leisurely meal, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner...it's a wonderful way to unwind!
Note: my meal at Allium was complimentary; however all opinions expressed are my own.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 E. Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611