Saturday Night in the City (Chicago) with dear friends Bob and Gloria, we started at trendy Jellyfish on Rush Street for pre-dinner sushi and drinks, to visit and support son Jason, on duty there, then went to Folklore Argentine Grill steakhouse in Wicker Park.
|Jason, with Gloria and Bob|
Readers of this blog will know I am not a sushi guy but our experience at Jellyfish was fabulous - the atmosphere, the food, drinks and service were all spectacular. We're already planning a return there for a special dinner.
Our food selections -
- Tuna Tartare - avocado, cilantro, jalapeno, orange ponzu, wonton chips
- Summer Rush - great name for this selection of tuna, white tuna, salmon, crab, shrimp, avocado , wrapped in cucumber, wasabi, ponzu sauce (pictured below)
- Torched Salmon - smoked salmon, crispy shrimp, sweet potato, avocado, spicy mayo (below)
|Jellyfish Summer Rush|
|Jellyfish Torched Salmon|
|Bob & Gloria at Jellyfish|
Folklore Argentine Grill - Wicker Park, Chicago
Folklore Argentine Grill steakhouse where we took advantage of BYOB. The landmark mural on the side of Folklore is shown left.
We have dined there several times and were eager to share it with our friends Bob and Gloria who is Latin and could authenticate the cuisine experience.
Tonight was the best dinner we've had there and my El Filet, filet mignon, grilled, topped with red onion wine sauce with spinach mashed potatos (fittingly green for St Patrick's Day) was spectacular, as good as any steak entree I have ever had, anywhere!
|Folklore El Filet|
|Folklore Churrasco Sirloin Steak|
|Folklore Lemon Sole|
Bob had the Churrasco grilled Sirloin steak (shown above), and Gloria had the Mar Y Tierra - their surf and turf combo of grilled filet mignon with two jumbo fresh water shrimp, sautéed with capers in a tomato-basil sauce with mashed potatoes (shown left).
Linda had the Chef's Special seafood entree - Lemon Sole with orange sauce, shown above.
Our BYOB wines ...
To complement dinner, Bob and I brought BYOB selections - Bob, Chateau La Croix Pomerol, and I brought from our cellar Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio.
Château La Croix St. Georges Pomerol Bordeaux 2012
Garnet colored, medium bodied, moderate blackberry and plum with tones of slightly earthy tobacco and hints of anise and mocha turning to soft smooth subdued tannins on the smooth finish.
RM 89 points.
Blend of 94.5% Merlot and 5.5% Cabernet Franc
A nice accompaniment to the grilled steaks.
Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio 2009
The 2009 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio, much like the 2004, is another in a series of show stoppers, consistently over-achieving, full-bodied reds. Look at this track record (all scores from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate): 2003 - 96 points; 2004 - 97 points; 2005 - 95 points; 2006 - 95 points; 2007 - 94 points, 2008 -94 points.
RM 91 points.