Chicago Restaurant Week – Day 3
The final day of restaurant week found us at David Burke’s Primehouse for a late Sunday evening dinner. Primehouse was another repeat of restaurant week 2011 that I decided to bring back this year. I rarely take advantage of all the steakhouses in my neighborhood and once again, the $33 three course meal that includes filet mignon just can’t be beat.
This was my third visit to Primehouse. Previously, I had been seated in one of the beautiful comfy booths accented with some candlelight. This time around we were seated at a corner table near the front of the restaurant which was a bit too bright for my liking. Primehouse makes for a good date spot but try and snag one of the more romantic friendly places to dine. Ninja star awarded.
Our service was great, especially when we received a roll that was extremely burnt (I won’t complain unless it’s necessary). We were immediately brought two hot rolls from the oven (even though one of the original rolls were fine). They didn’t seem annoyed at my request and were great about it. Ninja star awarded!
Okay, we cheated! Yes, I gave up drinking for a month (aside from my meal at NEXT) but my boyfriend and I sat down and I was craving a glass of wine and he wanted some whiskey. We discussed our real reasons for giving up the booze for a month (you’ll have to wait to read about it) and decided we were both okay with cheating. I picked a smooth Pinot Noir while he chose some Maker’s Mark. Ninja star awarded!
They start you off with a fluffy warm roll that just melts in your mouth. I could eat a thousand of them! My heart sinks to know that they will only bring me one, but it is a great way to begin the dining experience.
I started off the meal with the lobster bisque that is accompanied by what looks like a piece of bread, but it is stuffed with sweet lobster. The bisque was flavorful and the lobster bread stick gave the dish a meaty component which accompanied the steakhouse theme.
The entree was an easy decision. The filet mignon cooked medium rare with the accompanied sautéed mushrooms/onions and whipped potatoes.
The steak was cooked perfectly and I love sautéed mushrooms and onions on anything, but most of all on steak. The onions were new this year and I’m a freak who loves the sweetness they add. The whipped potatoes were on the verge of being salty to the point where you couldn’t eat them. I ate a small spoonful and called it a day.
The potatoes were a disappointment but that isn’t enough to penalize the simplicity yet elegance of a perfectly cooked piece of filet mignon. Ninja star awarded!
This is where the dinner strays from the menu last year. Dessert this year was a trio of brown sugar ice cream, a cheesecake lollipop, and a dark chocolate cake with marshmallow topping. My favorite was the brown sugar ice cream which was subtle but beautiful.
I didn’t care for the other two desserts and actually left some on my plate which is unheard of for me. Fortunately, I had the ice cream and a cappuccino to satisfy my sweet tooth. No ninja star this time.
David Burke’s Primehouse scores an impressive 8/9 ninja stars!
Primehouse is a great dining experience but your wallet will definitely leave lighter if you go outside of restaurant week.
Till next time, peace out food ninjas!