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Quick review of my meal at MK

ab | Aug 11, 200311:25 AM    

I ordered the Degustation, which is a 5-course meal (or 4 without fromage).

1) Ahi Tuna Tartare and Caviar:

The tuna was chopped into small cubes and delicately dressed, with a small toast w/ caviar perched on top. The tuna was tremendous- it melted away in my mouth, fresh as can be. I'm no caviar expert, and although the caviar was fairly tasty, I couldn't help but think of the Chicago river as the perhaps too-strong flavor bursted in my mouth.

2) Sweetbreads:

Tremendous- the flavor was intense but clean. The portion was larger than I expected. Oyster mushrooms added a distinct, almost bright flavor in the reduction.

3) Beef tenderloin in ox tail and corn au jus:

Beef was cooked about medium and although I did use my knife to cut, it was quite tender. The jus gave it a very deep flavor- I polished off all of the above easily.

4) Fromage:

I cannot recall the specifics of the cheeses included, although I was a bit underwhelmed, none of the cheese especially stuck with me. The raisins on the stem were unique (for me at least) and added a nice touch.

5) Rhubarb pudding of sorts and Strawberry compote (I don't remember the exact name):

Well-presented and an excellent end to the meal. I wasn't dissapointed after having high expectations for Mindy Segal's talents.

We had a bottle of Xanadu Syrah, which the table enjoyed fully and followed up with Cocktails (my Bombay Dry martini was tasty).

I was impressed with my overall experience. Service was good, although there was some reaching across the table (and a martini ordered for post-dinner never arrived). The space was much larger than I anticipated, open and wood cover on part of the ceiling and exposed brick added a warmth that I didn't expect. The bar area looked comfortable, with couches and a few tables.

The price point was a tad high. We spent $380 for 4 people, which we fully expected, but I feel as though MK is a bit more pricey than some other first-class places in Chicago. For instance, I spent less at Blackbird where I walked away blown-away by my meal and didn't think twice about the money spent. At MK, I thouroughly enjoyed the culinary experience, but perhaps this place is out of my comfort range with pricing.


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