EsterEv, the open-weekends-only restaurant inside DanDan (360 E. Erie St.), is one of only a few restaurants in town where you can get get a tasting menu. And we’re not talking about Chicago prices, either. This is 10 courses for $80 a pop (an extra $40 with drink pairings).
EsterEv’s monthly visiting chef series brings in an industry pro from a noted restaurant in another city. His or her collaboration with EsterEv chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite reflects the skills and inspirations of all three. Next week’s dinner – Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. – with Tullibee chef Bradley Day reflects a bit of the Minneapolis cook’s Nordic influences. (Also,“tullibee” is another name for a certain freshwater whitefish, and Tullibee, the restaurant, takes cues from the lakes and woods in Minnesota.)
Snacks, including zen oyster with parsley mignonette, sausage rolls, smoked New Zealand green-lipped mussel fritters with tullibee curry mix and beetroot hope creamy yogurt, and trevally ceviche.
Ocean trout: champagne, oyster, scalloped potato, spring onion.
Foie gras custard: white asparagus, ash, brioche, petit nuage
Australian Skull Island prawn: hearts of palm, citrus, watermelon radish, pickled mustard seed, yuzu mayo
Peas and carrots: carrot sphere, pea, pea tendril
Lamb loin: koji, garbanzo beans, panisse, morels
Sher Australian Wagyu: gentleman forager mushrooms, cipollini onion, lard pastry crumbs, beef jus
Desserts: barley yogurt mousse, fermented cherries; coffee, vanilla, malt
To reserve a spot, click here. The next visiting chef dinner is Tuesday, May 1, and features Ryan McCaskey of Chicago’s Acadia.