Saturday, July 26, 2014
On the sixth floor at the 900 N. Michigan Shops (which houses Bloomingdale's) there is a pan-Asian restaurant called Baisi Thai. The spacious restaurant is tucked away from the crowd-infested sidewalks of Michigan Avenue, has a great view of the lake, and has a menu full of options. It is always quiet when I go there for the lunch buffet and there is never a line. If you opt for the buffet (which includes dishes such as lo mein, fried rice, sauteed vegetables, crab rangoon, oyster beef, pork and bamboo shoots, simple sushi roll pieces, teriyaki chicken, vegetable tempura, shrimp tempura, kimchi, salads, and fruit) you have the option of starting off with miso, sweet & sour, or egg drop soup, and finishing off with vanilla or chocolate ice cream. I took my mother there a couple times and she really likes that many of the dishes seem to have Korean influences. If you need a fast, no-fuss, quiet and pleasant lunch, Baisi Thai is definitely an option.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
We finished our wonderful meal with black forest cake, which was deconstructed chocolate semi-freddo, cake, marshmallow fluff, cherries, and hazelnuts. Our time at Ruxbin was one of the top culinary experiences we have ever had in Chicago.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The other night, Flo and I ventured waaay up north to the West Ridge/West Rogers Park area to dine at gogi. There's been much buzz and acclaim from the likes of Chicago Magazine since this traditional Korean bbq place opened up last year. We were eager to experience it for ourselves.
To start off, we imbibed on some makgeolli (rice wine) made by Slow City Brewery, located nearby in Niles. (It is the first brewery of its kind in the US.) An array of colorful and fresh banchan was laid out before us -- which made me oh so happy. Then the big dishes we ordered (and could not finish) came out one by one. Flo lit up when she saw bibimnaengmyun (spicy noodles) on the menu and had to get it. I had to get the gamjatang (potato stew with pork and perilla), because I had never ordered it from a restaurant before and was wondering why Matt Rodbard (co-author of future book Koreatown, USA) was always on the hunt for some good gamjatang.
And since we were at gogi, which means meat in Korean, we had to get some meat. We actually ordered spicy chicken meat even though the noodles and soup we ordered were also pretty spicy. Instead of cooking it ourselves at the table, which is the novelty of Korean bbq, we had the cooks in the kitchen do it for us. Everything tasted great and we were quite stuffed and satisfied by meal's end.