It's been short, but sweet. The days I spent visiting Sun in Chicago.
We made the most out of it and explored the city by car, foot, bicycle, boat, and paddle board. So much fun we had. And of course we ate like there was no tomorrow. Sun had planned every single meal and all I needed to do was sit down and wait for my plates to be filled.
We went to Summer House Santa Monica for lunch and breakfast. Great, vibrant atmosphere and good food. It really did feel like being in Santa Monica.
Parachute was a highlight. A neighborhood restaurant that serves globally inspired Korean American cuisine. Beverly and John were the greatest hosts and made our evening a true pleasure and unforgetable experience. Sun will devote a full post to this special restaurant, so I will keep my little retrospect short. A thorough review is coming up.
Another great night was spent at Girl and the Goat. Among our favorites that night were the fried zucchini flowers, the crisp braised pork shank, and the pan roasted halibut. Unfortunately this place gets packed and loud, so we decided to go to a quieter, more relaxing place for dessert and drinks.
We went to Fig & Olive and enjoyed sitting on the roof-top patio. We had a wonderful time, enjoyed fine cocktails and dessert (chocolate souffle and creme brulee cheesecake) and I'd definitely like to try their food one day.
Kai Zan was our favorite experience this week. Amazing food! Try their escolar pearls, maguro pearls, calamari fry, angry crab, orange rush. Or better yet, go for the chef's choice, a multi-course menu full of pleasant surprises.
I have to say that - in my humble opinion - not even Grace could beat the Kai Zan experience. Among one of the finer tasting menu restaurants Chicago has to offer, food and service was without a question good, yet for some reason we couldn't get excited that evening. Maybe it was because it was our last and a bit of sadness lingered on that evening. But maybe really the people at Kai Zan just knew how to better please and surprise our tastebuds.
Oh, and yes, by coincidence we found this doughnut truck. So cute, I couldn't resist taking tons of pictures.