So, last night having misinterperted a sign on Monsoon about a special, my girlfriend and I decided to try it for dinner. She's on vacation so wanted to go someplace interesting, and we had thought that the sign was for a 50% off all entrees, turns out it was just on glasses and bottles of wine.
Quick verdict - very tasty food, but high prices on everything.
We also were not overly hungry, so we had a couple of appetizers and split an entree.
We started with the vegetable kebabs and the Fois Gras. Both were good, but not without some small flaws. The fois gras was a generous portion served over a stuffing-like rice dish and with a sweet chutnet on the side. I found the fois gras very nice, though the combination of flavors while good was also slightly jarring (the fois gras seemed best by itself, while the chutney and the stuffing went very well together.
The meal started with papaderms and naan served with three riata (sp?). I found the mint riata the best and the naan and papaderms tasty but slightly oily.
The kebabs were somewhat curry flavored, served on a bed of greens with a different sweet chutney on the side. I found the paneer in the kababs nice but the vegetables a tad raw and bland for the dish. Overall tasty but only so-so.
After our appetizers we were served a complimentary scoop of extremely good lychee/strawberry sorbet. Possibly the best dish of the evening, this was the perfect (very cold) temperature while also achieving a great balance of flavor and smoothness.
For our entree we split a kung-bao potatoes from their vegetable dishes. Very tasty and spicy, but also missing something, a bit one-note.
Considering that we only ordered three dishes and two drinks, our final bill of over $50 seemed very high, and certainly a normal meal here would easily and quickly reach $50+ a person even before adding drinks to that (and the wine list was quite pricey, the cheapest wine by the glass was around $8)
For similar flavors, but far better executed and even more exciting and innovative (and not much more expensive if you order ala carte) I would return to Zealous before returning to Monsoon.
All in all a very attractive space and very tasty food, but prices that don't seem in line with the food. I think the prices are between 25-50% too high for was is being offered. Not bad, but for the money there are far better options. (such as Zealous ala carte, or spending a bit more and Zealous's tasting menu)
2813 N. Broadway, Chicago
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