Photo of paella from Antigua by Adam Ryan Morris
First, some sad news. The “Erotic Food” cooking class (Feb. 16) at Antigua Latin Restaurant is full. I missed the boat, and my erotic life will suffer. It’s good news, then, that Antigua just released a new menu. It continues to display the diversity – culling from the cuisines of Mexico, Argentina, El Savador, Cuba and Spain – that it’s shown since taking over this colorful space in 2006. The paella is a house specialty. From chef Nicolas Ramo’ menu: cochinita (pulled pork) sliders, Argentinean empanadas, shrimp in coconut milk-peanut sauce with fried plantains and rice, Catalan seafood stew, and Argentinean steak with chimichurri sauce. Entrées: $14.79-$32.99. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun Brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and Dinner 2-9 p.m. (5823 W. Burnham St., 414-321-5775)
A few weeks before Christmas, the Ambassador Hotel’s powers-that-be kept their marketing people busy with news about their new head chef – Shawn Kolo, who’d come from a six-year stint at Andrew’s in the Delafield Hotel. This week, Kolo kicked off his first menu at the hotel’s Envoy Restaurant. What’s on it? Let me tell you: asparagus and Asiago ravioli with sage-brown butter emulsion, pan-seared duck breast with dried blueberry sauce, chorizo and fingerlings; and cider-brined grilled pork served with braised apples and potato mousseline. Entrées $19-$33. There’s also a four-course prix-fixe menu ($27) called The Great Gatsby. It includes a Waldorf salad, stuffed pork tenderloin with port wine demi, and sour cream lemon cake with amaretto glaze. Hours: (2308 W. Wisconsin Ave., 414-345-5015)
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