Monday, June 25, 2012


Nellcote is Executive Chef Jared Van Camp's gorgeous new restaurant located in the West Loop.  Nellcote's dining room and patio are breathtakingly beautiful.  The foyer is lined with hundreds of vases filled with lavenders while the dining room is romantically lit by Swarovski crystal chandeliers.  The food here is fantastic and I highly recommend the Fork and Knife Pizzas.  Nellcôte is one of the few restaurants in the nation that mills their own flour with a flour mill tucked away in the basement, so be sure to sink your teeth into their wonderfully chewy pizza crust.  Reservations can be made via Opentable or by phone.
833 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 432-0500
3 1/2 stars on Yelp 

How beautiful is this dining room?  Elegantly chic.
Strawberry beer.  SO delish!  A perfect combination of sweet strawberries and frothy beer.
Green apple beer.  Tart and refreshing.  If you can't tell, Nellcôte offers an impressive beer selection.

All cocktails are carefully crafted in the kitchen.
Vodka.  Buddha's hand-infused grey goose vodka, orgeat, fresh mint, and club soda.
Bourbon.  Bulleit bourbon, creole shrub, Wisconsin cherry grenadine, xoclati mole bitters.
I love how a simple white table setting makes everything look clean and crisp.
Amuse bouche: asparagus soup with smoked salmon.  Creamy and delicious!
Sunnyside up organic egg, fontina, and perigord black truffles.
Don't forget to spread the yolk!
Shaved asparagus, black walnuts, gouda, meyer lemon, and trumpet royales.
Fresh, bright, and delish.
Hamachi 'crudo', local mustard greens, fresh apricots, fleur de sel.
Fresh and light, a perfect appetizer before a meal.
Squid ink strozzapeti, maine lobster, mint, fresno chilies, pine nut pesto. ORDER THIS!  Spicy, fresh, and extremely flavorful, this cold pasta was one of the highlights of the evening.
Burrata and sea urchin, baby artichokes, green garlic bagna cauda.  The sea urchin was extremely fresh, smooth and briny.  If you love sea urchin, definitely order this dish. 
Veal sweetbreads, fava beans, english peas, fennel, and pickled dried apricots.
Half the guests at dinner that evening LOVED  this dish and cleared the plate.  The other half did not.  However, I am personally not a sweetbread fan so I can't give a fair review of this dish. 
Grilled sturgeon, english peas, spring vegetable fricassee, pancetta, and sorrel. ORDER THIS.
The sturgeon was perfectly cooked and the sauce was so good that I had to refrain from licking the plate clean.
Burrata, sun-dried cherry tomatoes, squash blossoms, and genovese pesto.
SO GOOD! If you're sharing this pizza, the cherry tomatoes are worth stealing off your friend's plate.
The burrata cheese is unbelievably creamy and delicious.  My mouth is watering. 
Thank you for a wonderful evening despite the repeated feuds over the last bite.  Pictured: Palak, Steve, Me, and Sam
Happy eating.


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