Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Opening this Eve

Eve, the fabulous new restaurant at 840 N. Wabash in Chicago opens for dinner tonight. The dinner menu will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This casual fine dining restaurant opened last week for lunch and early reviews are great.

Says Chicago Magazine's Dish: It will be similar [to Tallulah], but maybe just a little bit more sophisticated.” This means dishes such as grilled lobster sausage with chanterelles, applewood smoked bacon, pearl onions, and maple béchamel.

Says the Daily Candy: The lavish dining room — reflective glass mosaic walls, sparkly chandeliers — will be like flypaper to ladies who lunch. Dinner service starts next week. Everyone who’s anyone will be there.

Says Metromix: Eve features a contemporary American menu, but here, executive chef Troy Graves adds some refined twists. Look for choices such as spicy pomegranate-glazed prawns with pumpkin panna cotta; grilled lobster sausage with chanterelle mushrooms, applewood smoked bacon, pearl onions and maple bechamel; and crispy veal sweetbreads with curried cauliflower, sugar snap peas and lentil puree.

Says Centerstage: Eve is slightly more refined than its older sister, catering to the business professionals, trendy shoppers, and stylish residents of the Gold Coast. The decor finds a balance between ethereal elegance and sensual decadence, with delicate glass chandeliers that send light dancing over the sumptuous white leather tablecloths. The serene slate blue walls contrast with multi-faceted mirror mosaics and textured wooden inlays. The menu, too, is all about balance.

Says Citysearch: Tallulah's sister has a flashier address in the middle of the Gold Coast, thanks to duo Matt Fisher, the owner, and Troy Graves, the executive chef. Pristine and posh, the physical space reflects the simplicity and ethereal qualities of its name, utilizing glass mosaic tiles, flowing curtains and soft blue-grey tones. White leather chairs with black trim serve as perches for the well-heeled denizens of the neighborhood. Speaking of refined, talk about about a sophisticated menu: Grilled lobster sausage with chanterelles, applewood smoked bacon, pearl onions and maple bechamel.

Says the Chicago Tribune: And several of Graves' new menu items—crisped sweetbreads with curried cauliflower, yellowtail tartare with charred poblanos —sound a lot like the kind of food the chef creates at (3-star) Tallulah.

Says Thrillist: Eve's serving an equally impressive, entirely new menu in a chic, not-rustic space decked out with hand-strung Lucite chandeliers, a backlit alabaster bar, and walnut frames festooned with dozens of small mirrors (check yourself out -- that's what Jeff Goldblum thinks of you). Lunch standouts include wild boar ribs w/ plum BBQ sauce & mac 'n' cheese; duck consomme w/ duck rillete pot sticker; and a crawfish po' boy w/ tasso ham, goat cheese, pickled okra, and fried green tomatoes -- if you're forced to watch that flick, the po' boy is you. Dinner starts Nov 5 with the likes of grilled housemade lobster sausage (w/ chanterelles, applewood smoked bacon, maple bechamel), grilled beef tenderloin (w/ horseradish-cheddar croquette, housemade sauerkraut, crab hollandaise), and rack of lamb w/ sheep's milk ricotta dumplings and lamb ragout, fulfilling your darkest desire: 2 ruminants, 1 plate.

Says Juli B: Sure, adam can claim he was in the garden first, but it's new resto eve that'll have you giving in to temptation.

Says Urban Daddy: Eve of Seduction. You can resist anything. Except, of course, a tease. So let us introduce you to Eve, scheduled for a coquettish debut in the Gold Coast on Monday. But since any good vamp knows anticipation is always the best part, she's making you wait for dinner. The first week, it's lunch only. This is good because we've heard you've been looking for a sexy little afternoon spot—you know, for that certain type of "business lunch" that never makes its way to your business calendar. Plus, daytime options will give you a pretty good sense of what to expect in the evening...You may want to start at the bar with one of the basil/ginger-infused vodkas, though Eve's Apple (cinnamon-muddled bourbon with brandied cherries, chervil, brown sugar, orange juice and apple cider) might be best saved for dessert.

Here's what's in store tonight and every night at Eve: (Dinner hours: 5-10 pm Weekdays; 5-11 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Call 312-266-3383 for reservations or visit: Eve reservations.


DINNER MENU
APPETIZERS

Terrine of Salsify and Butternut Squash Brussel Sprouts, Candied Pecans, 9
Oysters on ½ Shell Green Apple Yuzu Mignonette, 12
Steamed P.E.I Mussels Honey, Ice Wine, Radish, Concord Grapes, 10
Crispy Veal Sweetbreads Red Curried Cauliflower, Sugar Snap Peas and Lentil Purée, 12
Spicy Pomegranate Glazed Prawns Pumpkin Panna Cotta, 11
Pan Seared Foie Gras Quince-Buttermilk Bisquit, Port Reduction, 15
Grilled Lobster Sausage Chantrelles, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Pearl Onion, Maple Bechamel, 16
Hamachi Tartar Roasted Pablano Pickled Red Onion, Mint, Passion Fruit Yogurt, 13

SOUPS
Duck Consomme Duck Rillete Pot Sticker, Green Papaya, Lemongrass Essence, 10
Roasted Turnip Purée Celery Root, Rosemary Crème Fraiche, 8

SALADS
Peeky Toe Crab Belgian Endive, Avocado, Spicy Beet Essence, 13
Seared Duck Breast Watercress, Drunken Goat Cheese, Spiced Cider Vinaigrette, 10
Organic Field Greens Maytag Blue Cheese, Toasted Pine Nuts, Cranberry Vinaigrette, 8
Baby Spinach Salad White Asparagus, Poached Egg, Almonds, Buttermilk Parmesan Dressing, 9

ENTRÉES
Monkfish Sweet Potato, Frisee, Grilled Apple, Brown Beech Mushroom, Lobster Miso Buerre Blanc, 26
Grilled Tenderloin Horseradish-Cheddar Croquette, Housemade Sauerkraut, Crab Hollandaise, 34
Pan Seared Scallops Roasted Pear Risotto, Telllagio, and Crispy Proscuitto, 28
Truffled Celery Root Ravioli Sunchoke, Baby Carrots, Herb Brown Butter, 18
Rack of Lamb Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Dumplings, Swiss Chard, Crispy Garlic and Lamb Ragout, 27
Artic Char Rose Finn Potatoes, Escargots, Black Truffle, Parsnip Purée, 25
Pistachio crusted Ahi Tuna Brussels sprouts, Lima Beans, Blackeyed Peas, Huckleberry Compote, 31
Pheasant Breast Pheasant Confit & Medjool Date Crepinette, Rapini, Smoked Bacon Vinaigrette, 28
Braised Short Ribs Oxtails, Rapini, Yukon Potato Puree, 29






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