Chicago Restaurant Week 1st Stop: Blackbird
Clean contemporary lines and attentive service are two characteristics that describes the first restaurant I visited during Chicago Restaurant Week (or 2 Weeks since it began 1/28 and will end 2/6). This afternoon I went to lunch with fashionista, RD. We had the pleasure to experience Blackbird.
I would walk past this West Loop restaurant (619 W. Randolph Street) and simply wonder. They were not at the First Bites Bash. So when RD chose this restaurant, I didn’t have any complaints because I knew I would satisfy my curiosity once and for all.
For Restaurant Week they are offering a Lunch Prix Fixe for $22 per person (tax, tip, and beverages are not included).
I suggest that you make reservations to ensure that you will get a table for lunch. Today, the artic temperatures resulted in a cold weather advisor; but people still made their way to Blackbird. The staff worked diligently to ensure walk-ins had the opportunity to dine.
I started with the butternut squash soup (lemon ricotta, fried shallots, and compressed quince).
For the entrée I chose, the wood-grilled sturgeon (salsify, black trumpet mushrooms, buckwheat, and grapefruit).
The final dish I chose for dessert was the dark rum cheesecake (with pineapple shaved ice, caramelized puffed rice, kinako, mustard).
Each dish proved to be a progression of pleasure with each bite. The wood-grilled sturgeon was the star of the lunch for me. Sometimes fish is overcooked in spots. This was not an issue at Blackbird. The sturgeon was grilled to perfection–moist, flavorful, and light. I must admit that as I type, I wonder how they made the pineapple shaved ice–perplexing.
WARNING: This is a contemporary restaurant that does not stuff the plates. They served single servings. In other words, do not expect for the server to ask if you would like the leftovers wrapped up.
Give Blackbird a try and tell me what you think.