When my friend Lauren first visited Restaurant Michael, she immediately told me that she would be bringing me there for my birthday. Everything from the food to the final presentation was incredible, she said, which obviously made me all the more excited. Busy schedules resulted in us pushing the date back, but this past Tuesday, we made it happen.
I would highly recommend checking this place out at least once if you are ever in the Chicago suburbs. The menu speaks for itself. Restaurant Michael was out-of-this-world good.
The waiter began by bringing us an amuse bouche of mascarpone, gruyere and Parmesan-stuffed cheese puffs. They melted in our mouths and I loved the tiny pan that they were served on.
Since it was technically a celebration, we also ordered glasses of Malbec. Who am I kidding? There doesn’t have to be a reason to order a glass of wine. This one was smooth and delicious.
Lauren suggested that we order the three-course prix fixe, which comes with an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Twist my arm, really. For my appetizer I ordered the spring pea soup, which was served with a lobster ravioli, truffle scented milk foam and poached quail egg. I have no idea how chefs come up with such combinations but everything melded together into a burst of rich flavor and I couldn’t get enough. Too bad it wasn’t a bottomless bowl…
The waiter also brought out fresh rolls, perfect for dipping.
And once again I found myself swooning over their serving dishes. How cool is this butter holder?
For my entrée, I chose the sautéed filet of wild Alaskan halibut, served with more spring pea in the form of a truffle purée, along with potato tournée, baby fennel and champagne sauce. Once again, this dish satisfied every taste bud. The halibut was flaky and seasoned with just enough salt and pepper. It tasted amazing with the spring pea purée and creamy mashed potatoes that come with every Restaurant Michael main course.
Lauren ordered the roasted Roquefort stuffed filet of beef tenderloin, which was served with grilled asparagus, morel mushrooms and tempura squash blossoms and topped with a nouveau Béarnaise sauce. I didn’t try it but based on looks and Lauren’s opinion, it was a winner.
As if that wasn’t enough amazing food, dessert was a hot fallen chocolate soufflé with butterscotch gelato. Let me say that again. Butterscotch gelato. They brought each component out separately and then scooped the gelato into the soufflé so that it could slowly melt into the hot chocolate.
In other words, pure bliss. The nut topping on the butterscotch gelato gave it a nice crunch.
I can’t say enough good things about the food. It was prepared to perfection and presented in such a beautiful way that I found myself grinning like a kid in a candy shop. The rich chocolate truffles they brought with the check capped off the night. They might have officially placed me in “uncomfortably full” mode but it was oh-so worth it.
After our meal, I attempted to capture the outside of the restaurant. It was beautifully lit, though an unfortunately placed tree may give you the impression that the restaurant is actually called, “Ichael.”
We ran into a friendly man who saw that I was snapping photos and offered to take one of the two of us. I explained that my 50mm lens unfortunately does not have an automatic zoom, but this didn’t seem to faze him in the slightest. Though try one was a bit off the mark…
…try two was perfect. He did such a good job with the manual zoom that it looks like we’re in front of a green screen! Thank you, kind stranger.
And thank you, Lauren, for an amazing, belly-happy evening!
Have you ever had a prix fixe restaurant meal? If so, where and what did you have?