You know a meal is something when it completely overshadows turmoil with goodness. More than a year ago, on my way to Mexique for dinner, the front wheel of my wheelchair came off when I was crossing the street. It was pretty distressing as you might imagine. But once the immediate crisis was averted, and I limped three-wheeled into the restaurant with assistance, the evening became all about the food (and, I‘ll admit, wine to take off the edge)!
Since then, I’ve wondered if Mexique is keeping up its Mexican French fusion cred, and since I’d eaten recently at Sabor Saveur, which has a similar concept, my curiosity was top of mind. So when I got a new wheelchair a few weeks back, I took it out for an inaugural restaurant spin to Mextique. Appropriate, don’t you think?
My friend Alisa and I went all in for the $65 six-course tasting menu, and it was so good that we found ourselves back at Mexique a week later with more friends in tow to try additional menu items the tasting didn’t offer.
The bottom line is that everything we tried, some dishes more than once, was excellent. The food was quality, the sauces were simmered with care, and the plating was gorgeous. Sure, we had our favorites, but that’s a matter of personal preference and not a statement about the quality of what we ate. Even our friend with serious food allergies was easily accommodated and happy with her dish.
Some of our favorites on the menu included pan seared skate wing, with cauliflower, Yukon Gold potatoes, Serrano Peppers, grapes, in citrus butter sauce; herb crusted rack of lamb and coffee braised lamb shoulder barbacoa sope with sweet & spicy eggplant, and roasted garlic-milato chile essence; and stuffed chile poblano, zucchini sofrito, chihuahua cheese, spaghetti squash, and tomato fondue.
Couple the outstanding food with a small neighborhood dining room and attentive service and you have a winner. You can count on me visiting Mexique many times in the new year. Been there? Let us know what you think! Leave a comment or drop us a line on Twitter.
1529 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622