Who doesn’t love a good date night? Ben and I both LOVE food and especially love good food. I have a tendency to purchase all of the delicious Groupons to fabulous Chicago restaurants. Last weekend: Custom House Tavern.
Unfortunately, the ambiance was so wonderful (and low-light…in a good way) that I do not have any pictures. I do, however, have the tasting menu and our wine pairing! YUM!
We started with a Roasted Squash Salad with Frisee, Bacon and Maple Yogurt paired with a 2009 Big Fire Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I don’t think that there could have been a more perfect start to the meal. I love squash, especially in the winter. The bacon maple yogurt was a lovely salty/sweet addition. The Pinot Gris had wonderful minerality.
Course 2 was a Seared Sea Scallop on top of a Braised Pork Belly with Grits and a Tart Cherry Mustard. I love everything about this dish: scallops, pork belly, and a good grainy mustard! Each bite of this dish had all of the sweet savory and delicious elements. It was even better with the wine pairing: 2009 Cotes du Rhone by Les Vin de Vienne from the Rhone Valley.
Our final savory course was Beef Short Ribs with a Potato Puree, Cipollinis, Chard, and Tomato Jam. Again delicious. (I really had nothing bad to say about this meal.) Paired with a 2008 Hudson Shah Malbec from the Wahluke Slope in Washington State.
Finished the meal off with the best part of the whole meal: DESSERT!! A Dark Chocolate Ganche (to die for) with Verjus, Violet, and Cassia Bud Sherbet. So phenomenal there aren’t even words to describe. There was a really great cinnamon chocolate combination and the sherbet and violet added just enough sweetness. Paired with 2009 Moscato d’Asti Cascinetti Vieti from Veneto Italy. I’m normally not a huge dessert wine person, but this was lovely.
All in all, definitely heading back to Custom House Tavern again. Deets: 500 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60605 – (312) 523-0200