Alas, I finally had the amazing opportunity to dine at Alinea on my brithday-America's leading restaurant, located right here in Lincoln Park Chicago! Chef and owner Grant Achatz is absolutely stunning with his gastronomic explosions! I cannot begin to describe all the emotions that took place in this divine, 3 hour meal. From the service, to the personal sommelier, as well as the pastry chef who presented one of the desserts on the actual tabletop-completed the story. Each course was in perfect order, paired with the perfect wine, and excitement followed every second.
Michael Ruhlman (contributer or Alinea's book says it best)- "What makes Alinea so distinctive? And what are we to make of it's controversial food: the outrageous pairings, the extraordinary manipulations of texture, presentations that veer from ingenious to surreal, service pieces that make some diners squirm, ingredients that range from familiar vegetables and meats to Ultra-TEx 3 and xanthum gum, and techniques that include encapsulation and pillows of scented air?"
These photos are not even close to describe my evening at Alinea...
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Chicago, IL 60614