Our Chicago adventure to "scout out" where Uchi Chef Ben Schwartz, winner of 2014 Citywide 86d would stage continued at L20 Restaurant. We could't wait to see what Ben would experience in the culinary creations from this Michelin Star Restaurant, after the glories we were fed at Grace Restaurant (see our Grace Blog here). And the Food and Wine Ride began!
Chicago -- L2O Restaurant
Our beautiful Marble table with 1st amuse-bouche
Amuse-Bouche - Pomme Soufflée, Salt Cod, Coffee, Bergamot
Amuse-Bouche - Mussel Tart, Lemon, Parsley
Coromandel Oyster, Green Apple, Noilly Prat, Celery
Ocean Trout, Fines Herbes, Citrus Confit, Chartreuse
Geoduck, Foie Gras, Mango Vinegar
Periwinkle, Jamón Iberico, Pumpernickel, Watercress
Lobster Minestrone, Basil (click the arrows to see more).
Abalone, Bone Marrow, Black Truffle
Apricot, Génépi, Marshmallow, Black Lime
Cream Puff, Chartreuse
Melon, Yogurt, Tapioca, Apricot
Chocolate, Lemon, Brioche, Olive Oil
Just as we thought we had finished our desserts, we were presented with a box filled with sweet finishing touches, pleasing to the eyes and the palate. Each box unveiled another heavenly creation!
The Wine list offered many selections, but we spotted two that we thought would be perfect for the seafood focused menu. We were excited to see a White Burgundy from Winemaker Benjamin LeRoux on the list and selected the 2007 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet Les Embazees. It did not let us down, pairing well with the various flavors throughout the meal.
German Reisling is always a favorite of ours with a seafood-focused meal. When we saw Donnhoff, one of our beloved German producers, we did not hesitate to add this to the evenings pleasures. The Donnhoff 2009 Niederhäusen - Hermannshöhle Riesling lived up to our high expectations, pairing well with the many tastes during the dinner.
Thanks to Chef Philly Speer of Uchi Restaurant Group, we had a private tour of the kitchen so that we could see where Chef Ben Schwartz would be learning while at L2O. The kitchen was active and energetic, attending to the many tasks required to execute the delicious dishes of the night.
L2O Restaurant, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614 773.868.0002