951 West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
Reservations made at roister
Fri, 08/05/2016, 8:00pm reservation
Roister is Chef Grant Achatz's newest restaurant of the Alinea Group. Located in the trendy West Loop of Chicago adjacent to Next, it is Achatz's less formal and more rustic cuisine. The food is simple, robust, and a total 180 compared to Alinea.
Andrew Brochu, who has been with the Alinea group since 2005 is the executive chef of Roister. His food highlights the ingredient with a slight Alinea touch to it. Take for instance the foie gras. Instead of simply giving you a well-cooked piece of foie gras, the chef converted it into a sweet and savoury type of dessert covered with chocolate.
The space is clean and modern. There is an open kitchen with bar seating. The windows of the dining room opened completely to the outdoors with nice Chicago weather. Downstairs, diners can sit in the prep kitchen for a unique experience. Reservations are made by purchasing tickets online with varying degrees of cost based on prix fixe or a la carte. For our night, we chose to do the kitchen counter Roister menu at $95 per person.
|The packed dining room|
|HAMACHI SALAD. This was definitely a light dish. The flavors were balanced but there was something lacking with this dish that I couldn't pinpoint. The hamachi was good and the berries were fresh, but I still was a bit disappointed.|
|BOK CHOY SALAD. This dish was when I started getting happy. The bok choy was fresh and the grilled asparagus added an extra touch to the dish. It was balanced, acidic and crunchy. I thoroughly enjoyed all the textures and flavors of this dish.|
|CUCUMBER AND PEA SALAD WITH CUMIN CREME FRAICHE. Whoa. So the cumin definitely was prominent on this dish. It was fresh and crisp, with a nice creamy texture with the cumin creme fraiche. I thought this was good, but not amazing.|
|This was the poached chicken and boy, was it delicious! It was made into a chicken salad. I'm not particularly a huge fan of chicken salad, but this was amazing. Super moist and divine.|
Notable dishes: A-5 Japanese Wagyu, Whole Chicken with Chamomile and Milk and Cookies