Gilt Bar – Chicago

Having met in Chicago this evening, L and I wandered across the city, both to stretch our legs and find something to eat.

Au Cheval on West Randolph Street had been recommended to her (“of all the restaurants in Chicago you have to eat at Au Cheval” she’d been told; quite a commendation), and Gilt Bar had been recommended to me. At this point, we didn’t know that – coincidentally – they were both Hogsalt restaurants, a small chain concerning itself with “the preservation of food culture”.

We followed a curiously strong smell of chocolate in the air (it seemed surreal at the time but later discovered there’s a huge Blommer chocolate factory at 600 West Kinzie Street) to Au Cheval which looked small, cosy with an appealing bar area (nice craft beers on tap) but so busy that there was a two hour wait. Shame.

So, on to Gilt Bar at 230 West Kinzie Street where we had more luck. This restaurant was bigger but still had a cosy appeal with dark corners and soft lighting. It was also packed out but we were able to get a table for two straight away.


Camera Roll-107
Ricotta gnocchi @ $15.00


I ordered ricotta gnocchi with wild mushrooms @ $15.00 which was simply sensational. The blend of flavours (strong earthy mushroom and contrasting grilled-topped, goo-ey ricotta) made this, without doubt, the best gnocchi I’ve had (note: I’ve since been to Italy and eaten some mighty fine pasta and this still stands).


Camera Roll-106
Crispy ham + pea ravioli @ $16.00


L had crispy ham and pea ravioli @ $16.00: it tasted as wonderful as it looks in the photo above.


Camera Roll-110
Brownies a la mode @ $11.00


The verdict: You won’t be overwhelmed by an extensive choice of dishes at Gilt Bar. With their short, specialised menu they serve top quality food.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4.5 / 5
~ Type: International, gastro pub
~ Address: 230 W Kinzie Street, Chicago
~ Zipcode: IL 60654
~ Website + menus: Gilt Bar website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Gilt Bar food
~ facebook page: Gilt Bar on fb
~ Location: Gilt Bar map


RELATED LINKS
More Chicago dining:

~ Gage Tavern
~ Howells & Hood
~ Spanglish Mexican Kitchen
~ Tesori


Gilt Bar on Urbanspoon

Advertisements

4 Responses

  1. […] RELATED LINKS More Chicago dining: ~ Gilt Bar […]

  2. […] LINKS More Chicago dining: ~ Gilt Bar ~ The Gage […]

  3. […] LINKS More Chicago dining: ~ Gilt Bar ~ The Gage tavern ~ […]

  4. […] LINKS More Chicago dining: ~ Gilt Bar ~ The Gage tavern ~ Howells & Hood ~ […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: