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Veg Tasting Menu follow up

mrsdebdav | Jan 24, 201006:21 AM

Went last night for Trotter's veg tasting menu. In short, service was top shelf but the food did not measure up.

Excessive salt and unbalanced sauces marred most of the dishes. I only had one course (really, a couple of bites) where I felt I was eating something special.

Here's the menu (which, by the way, did not have my name on it - cost savings?):

Confit of White Turnip with Tsubu mame miso (I found this dish salty in the extreme, and totally uninteresting.)

Carrot Custard with Young Coconut, Kaffir Lime and Peanuts (custard had almost a slimy texture, the lime flavor was interesting at first bite but then proved too acidic)

Organic Farmhouse Egg w/ Perigord Black Truffle, Jerusalem Artichoke and Barley (I was really looking forward to this course, as I love eggs and truffles. Egg was cooked sou vide for hours, which really did nothing for the texture at all. The sauce was crunchy from the barley, not a good mouth-feel at all. Truffle was visible, but the taste was non-existent. A severe disappointment.)

Salt-Crusted Beets with Anise Hyssop, Wild Licorice and Whole Grain Mustard (Salty, licoricy and mustardy. Also acidic.)

Meyer Lemon with Sesame Bergamot (don't remember this one at all.)

Sauternes Spuma with Satsume Mandarin and Sage (Spuma looked and sort of tasted like shaving cream. Couldn't eat more than a taste, which was true of virtually every course.)

Ginger Kulfi with Coffee Jelly, Ginger Snaps and Chocolate (nice course, but I thought it was made from dates!).

I don't know if it was my full plates being returned to the kitchen or this is done for everyone, but we did receive a lovely plate of cheese and fruit jellies. This was the one course I enjoyed completely, but it wasn't anything truly special.

Be aware that when the waiter asks if you want still or sparkling water, you will be charged, and no mention will be made of a per person levy of $8 plus tax and gratuity (tips are automatically added to the bill, at a reasonable 17%).

Again, the service was truly lovely, and I enjoyed being coddled. Wish the food lived up to the rest of the experience.

Charlie Trotter's
816 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

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