A Second Look at Perennial

Heath bar

The Heath bar is a dessert worth going back for!

Every time I happen by Perennial, it’s abuzz with diners, and if I press my nose up against the window to spy what’s on people’s plates, the food looks great. These are good signs that Perennial is hitting its culinary mark, but it’s been awhile since we reviewed it, so I decided to use Chef’s Week as an excuse to try Perennial again.

The Chef’s Week menu selections appeared to be cherry-picked from the regular menu — including a few starters, two entrees (seafood and beef), and one dessert.

I started with the black truffle gnocchi, which was every bit as delectable as it sounds, and finished with the Health Bar that handily outshines its namesake. Unfortunately, sandwiched between these delightful bookends was an overcooked salmon entree that didn’t live up to the rest of the meal. It was beautifully plated and accompanied by some tasty seasonal veggies, but that wasn’t enough to overshadow the crimes against the fish.

I was a tad disappointed to see Perennial fall victim to a weak main course. We’ve discovered through  dedicated dining that far too many restaurants fall short on the main dish, even if they serve up excellent appetizers and desserts.  It’s ironic that the appetizers and desserts are what folks often choose to trim from their meal when really they’re what deserves attention.

Still, what I liked at Perennial I liked well enough to want to go back. But don’t be surprised if I have dessert first!


The salmon was plated beautifully but was over cooked.

1800 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 981-7070 | Make Reservations
Get Directions

  1. alex left a comment on March 31, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Wow. Thanks for sharing this post! This is really great! Now, I have one place that I should take my wife to in our chicago dating getaway! Thanks a lot!

  2. Bree left a comment on April 4, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Thanks for sharing. I have had Perennial on my list for a while now – definitely need to check it out. I’ve heard they do a great brunch.

  3. Bridget left a comment on April 4, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I’ve heard that too! Let us know what you think when you try it.

Comments are closed.