No visit in Chicago is complete without a stop at Alinea... As we have indicated in our past reviews this restaurant is a foodie paradise! Chef Achatz never ceases to amaze us with his innovative creations. Deception, surprise, theatrical presentations, and minimalism are still part of almost every course. When we sat down we noticed a bundle of vegetables suspended from the ceiling looking like a small bouquet of flowers. They seemed to float in the air as they were attached to an almost invisible string, and quickly introduced the guest to the dream world of chef Achatz. What initially seemed an innovative center-piece, quickly turned into a component of one of our dishes. Later, we had to look for 2 pieces of dehydrated salsify in tumbleweed, whereas burning coal turned into pork belly and parsnip! The playful transformation of what would otherwise be non-food items into culinary creations of the highest magnitude keeps you guessing what trick would come next. All your senses are stimulated at Alinea, with memorable interactions of colors and textures, tastes and smells. The deserts were phenomenal as always, with the final one created on the table by the chef. The "tropical fruit" seems like something a surrealist painter would create trying to depict the explosion of a magical fruit, filling the space around it with smells, flavors, temperatures, and textures. A unique experience in a restaurant where cooking turns into the highest form of art, aimed to please all your senses!
3 Michelin stars