Written by Lauren Folkmann, Posted in Chicago, Restaurants
Last Thursday I turned the big 3-0. For dinner that night Mike surprised me with a reservation at Blackbird, a spot that has been on my Chicago restaurant hit list for quite some time now. The food was fantastic, as expected, the service was great, and I loved the clean, modern decor.
After a round of cocktails we ordered 3 appetizers, because we just couldn’t decide on 2! We had crispy suckling pig, fried frog legs, and a salad of endives and crispy potatoes topped with a poached egg. The suckling pig was very tasty and I loved the bright components of the boneless frog legs dish, but my favorite was definitely the salad of endives. The presentation is beautiful (they cut it up for you table side), the flavors are fresh and everything works together perfectly!
Crispy suckling pig with zucchini, fig molasses, summer truffle, and pistachio
Fried frog’s legs with sugar snap peas, avocado, lily bulbs, jalapeño, and vanilla
Salad of endives with crispy potatoes, basil, dijon, pancetta, and poached egg
For mains Mike ordered the striploin and I ordered the lamb saddle. The striploin was served with a seaweed pesto that made the dish very unique and the lamb was just all-around delicious.
Dry-aged striploin with roasted chanterelles, pocha beans, apricot, and seaweed pesto
Roasted lamb saddle with caramelized cabbage, cherries, smoked ricotta, and lovage
At this point we were pretty stuffed but of course there’s always room for dessert! We ordered the dark chocolate brownie that was insanely good and they also brought out a small plate of of birthday cake ice cream with chocolate and caramel and a little candle for my birthday. It was the perfect sweet ending to a fantastic dinner and a great start to this new decade of life!
Dark chocolate brownie, cherry pit ice cream, preserved walnut, poached cherries, oats
Birthday cake ice cream with chocolate and caramel
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