Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gilt Bar

Location: 230 W Kinzie
Cost: About $40 per person

A little while ago I went to this holiday party at Gene and Georgetti's. Afterwards we tried to get some drinks down the road at Gilt Bar. Everyone was stuffed from the meal, but I was still able to take in some of the dishes floating by. In a sour turn of events they couldn't seat us, and we went over to Moe's Cantina. A few weeks later, my friends Brett, Vadim, and Josh wanted to meet up for dinner. When Brett told me he'd preemptively made a reservation at Gilt Bar, I was pumped.

Logistics
Gilt Bar is in the far southwest corner pocket of River North. It's got a dark, trendy interior. There's a cramped bar area up front with plenty of seating throughout the rest of the restaurant. We had a reservation which was pretty necessary even though we went mid week. Our waiter was helpful and appropriately hands off, letting us catch up and enjoy our drinks for a while prior to bringing out the food. The menu is more or less broken down into small plates, pastas, and entrees. The pastas were definitely entree sized though and ran around $14. The entrees were in the $20 ballpark.

The Food
First off we went for the Roasted Garlic on Toast. The toast was exceptionally soft and warm while the roasted, oily garlic made for the perfect, bad breath inducing spread.


From there we split a whole bunch of entrees including the Truffle Pasta, the Pork Meatballs, the Pork Belly, and the Fettuccine with Beef Ragu. The pasta was extra rich with plenty of pecorino cheese. The meatball was very tender with an acidic sauce. The pork belly came in a  large portion with pickled onions and a bed of lentils. The fettuccine was my favorite. The pasta stuck together a bit with just the right chew. The ragu was savory and stuck to the bones. We got a side of roasted cauliflower and a side of fries. The cauliflower was too mushy and salty, but the fries were spot on with a nice crisp and this great garlic aioli sauce.

The Pork Belly

The Fettuccine

The Pork Meatballs

The Truffle Pasta

 The French Fries

 The Cauliflower

Overall
We were all pretty impressed with Gilt Bar. The drink service was spot on, and the atmosphere was comfortable and trendy. Most every dish was well thought out and balanced. The pastas and the pork dishes left us stuffed, but I'll be back soon to check out the rest of the menu. I'm giving Gilt Bar 4.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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