Last night, I ate dinner at David Burke's Primehouse and was quite disappointed. I will not return.
Before my trip to Chicago, I evaluated several steak houses and decided on the Primehouse. They have a long list of dry-aged steaks along with an extensive and over-priced wine list. I know that I could get some of the wines in Boston restaurants for half the price being charged here.
With the wines being a poor value, I started with a martini and some "sticks." In my case, I had a mix of pork belly and beef rib. They put a piece of each on a stick, appetizer style. Very tasty.
I then had the Caesar Salad "classic table side." "Do you make this table-side?" I ask. "Yes." "Complete with the raw egg yolk?" "Raw egg yolks are illegal in Chicago. We use a pasteurized egg yolk." "OK."
I ordered it, but had to pay $3 extra to have anchovies included. I always thought that anchovies were part of a traditional Caesar Salad. The salad was excellent, but I thought that charging an extra $3 was both chintzy and a rip-off.
Then I ordered a dry aged rib eye. I chose the 40 day aged steak rather than the 55 day or 75 day option. The steak was properly cooked, medium rare. I just didn't think it was very good. It was not very tender, and the meat was mealy. The 100-day aged steak served at Grill 23 in Boston is a superior cut of meat, in my opinion.
My server, Brian was very professional. I'd appreciate having a server that good at every restaurant that I visit.