Friday, November 22, 2013

Newbie Mott St. Awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand

Recently the 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand recipients were announced.  Sixty-nine Chicagoland restaurants were awarded the recognition of serving "quality food at a reasonable cost."  There were many repeats on the list, but also several restaurants receiving the honor for the first time.  Of the first time recipients, Mott St. is a restaurant that just opened up this past year.  I was very excited to check it out.
Inside, the vibe was emo meets hipster; I believe that all the men with beards (which were a big proportion of the employees) were wearing plaid/flannel shirts.  It was very dark (great if you're on a date) and a bit difficult to make out the ingredients of the dishes.  My friend Flo commented jovially, "Good thing you're taking photos because you can't see the food." 
To drink, we ordered the Autumn Bluster cocktail--I ordered mine with boba, which was the first time I've ever had tapioca pearls in my alcohol.  The drink itself was a strong, fruity ginger bear--my Asian flush emerged after a few sips.  We shared and enjoyed several small plates, including the kohlrabi salad, brussels sprouts with lamb pancetta, kimchi and oaxaca spring rolls, and oyster mushrooms.  The tummy-filling dish however, was the stuffed cabbage, which had very tender pork, rice, boiled kimchi and broth, and was topped with crispy, crust-like pan-seared rice.  For dessert we ordered little beignets that were topped with powdered sugar and a sauce comprised of grated orange rind.  Chocolate sauce was provided on the side, but was not necessary.  Overall, everything was delicious and indulgent.
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