Eve is one of those places I must have walked by a hundred times, but for some reason, I never noticed it. Its doors have been open in the Gold Coast for more than two years, and I’m glad I finally wandered in. Eve has a focused American contemporary menu, and my first few tastes from it were incredibly promising.
My friend Weiwei and I met there to escape the holiday crowds that descend downtown on the weekends, and we found it to be an oasis of calm and quiet, right in the midst of the chaos. We had no trouble getting a last minute reservation, and the modern dining room proved to be friendly and approachable — a great place for a catch-up chat.
We started our meal with grilled calamari that was accented with tarragon and procuitto vinaigrette — a nice dish that hit the spot. It was completely overshadowed by our main dishes though, which have stuck with me (in a good way) ever since. I feasted on the truffled squash risotto, a rich, creamy delectable dish, which put many of the risottos I’ve tried before it to shame. Weiwei, who was visiting from China and doesn’t often find good meat there, had the foie gras burger — made with Angus beef it was also topped with applewood bacon and cheddar — and she polished it off in short order.
For dessert we had pumpkin doughnuts and they did not disappoint. They’re served warm with a sugar coating and dipping sauce, and I recommend them. Just keep in mind, I’m partial to all things pumpkin. Still, everything I tried on Eve’s seasonal menu was worth trying, and I look forward to going back for more.
840 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611-2029