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Untitled, gourmet food shines in a classic speak easy setting

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Enter an unassuming door and down a large set of stairs, guests enter a glorious world of Untitled. In this speak easy setting, guests can spend an evening enjoying a delicious meal and toasting good times with a carefully crafted libation. Either sipping one of the 500 whiskey options or indulging in a signature cocktail, the lounges are a perfect way to start an evening at Untitled.

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After a drinks, guests can move onto the food portion of the evening. Whether on a intimate dinner date for two or a vivacious gathering of friends, Untitled offers a varied menu to appease all. For the culinary adventurous or for those wanting to experience the diverse creations of Chef Heppe, the chef tasting menus are a great dinner option.

Untitled offers two tasting menus, a two course ($44 a person) or a three course ($69 a person). With either option, the entire table must participate in the tasting menu.

At a recent visit to Untitled, our table ordered the three course tasting menu. For that evening, the menu consisted of:

First

Burrata and figs, with grilled asparagus, surryano ham

Deviled farm eggs, bacon-chives, peperonata

Oysters Rockefeller - spinach fontina fondue, bacon brewed crumbs

Drunk devils on horseback- st Pete's blue mousse, pistachio honey

Second

Crispy squash blossoms- house made ricotta, truffle honey

Gulf shrimp - bacon jam, stravecchio cheese grits, corn nuts

Salmon belly tartare- seeded crackers, fave bean remoulade

Third

Dry aged New York strip - bone marrow butter, bordelaise

Striped bass - house cured guanciale, white beans and dandelion greens

Grilled asparagus - smoked onion jam, black garlic gremolata

Whiskey ginger carrots - fennel yogurt, pickled grapes

While the entire menu was superb, a few dishes were exceptional standouts. The crispy squash blossoms with house made ricotta and truffle honey were delicate, flavorful bites. The subtle squash blossom had a lightly battered texture that offered a satisfying crunch to contrast the creamy, sweet ricotta. Since this dish is on the regular menu as well as the tasting menu, the dish is highlight of the chef's deft hand.

The two entire selections of striped bass and New York Strip were a complimentary pair. The New York Strip shines under the decadent bone marrow butter. Already tender and juicy, the butter amps up the simply seasoned steak. For a more delicate entree, the striped bass is seared and flaky. The bright greens balances the sweetness of the fish.

Untitled is located in River North on Kinzie. The establishment is opened Monday through Saturday. For more information on current menus, operating hours and live entertainment, please visit www.untitledchicago.com.

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