Eat with || no ‘gilt bar’
Gilt bar is without the gold gilding and is more about a great space that is both casual but impressive. I really like the interior, with the elegantly adorned mirrors in the bar, a spectacularly oversized dandelion-esque chandelier in the middle of the dining area, all surrounded, and brought back to casual with hefty wooden tables and well-worn leather sofas and bench seating. We have made a repeat visit now, and in summary once you get past the facade and down to the food and drinks that are on offer, I can only say the decor is consistent, but the food not so much. Don’t get me wrong, it is not bad, it is not great, it is just fine overall – it offers no ‘glitz’ to the gilt name – so to speak. Oddly, I will go back because I truly love the space, and the first time I went I loved everything I saw, smelt, tasted and drank, but on our recent repeat visit it was hit and miss with some dishes.
WHERE: 230 West Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60610
WHAT: If steak tartare is on the menu my sonar honing device will find it instantly, at Gilt they make a good effort with the dish adding a slow poached egg yolk for a twist – and this is great – get it if it’s your thing. The roasted bone marrow is nicely prepared; cut lengthwise making it easier to get at the good stuff, however they should turn the lights up in the kitchen because the toast was blackened – I don’t think that was their intent – this made the dish overall just OK. A dish that was exceptional, although also fell victim to the blackened toast, was the pate – pardon me – foie gras & pork liver mousse – it really is good. The more substantial dish – the slow roasted pork belly was GREAT and gobbled up in a second, perfectly balanced and lived up to its description on the menu. The dessert was surprisingly good – a brownie with THE most delicious mint chocolate ice-cream, layers of flaky chocolate with creamy mint ice-cream [and I don’t even like mint ice-cream, but this one is GREAT]. The fries are wasted calories as far as I am concerned, there are better things to have on the menu as they tend to be inconsistently cooked: some soggy; some limp; some crispy; some kevlar. Despite my ranting, give it a try. Many friends that I dine with really like it, and I promise the next time that we are there I will update my review.
WHEN: This is a DINNER spot. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 4:45PM until Late – call to double-check (312) 464-9544
HOW: Dine-In || Walk-In || Reservations recommended