There are meals over the years that have left a long lasting impression, whether because of the stunning environment, exquisite cuisine or memorable company. Last week’s 16-course experience at Chicago’s two Michelin star rated Sixteen with its elevated sunset-washed views of the city etched its way into my short list of impressionable meals for all three of these very reasons.
Perched on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Towel Chicago, the appropriately named Sixteen provides a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Wrigley Clock tower from its floor-to-ceiling dining room windows, or better yet, when the weather allows, from its terrace. An opportunity to soak in the city from this ideal gazing point alone is reason for a visit to Sixteen.
With the dazzling vistas and “welcome” champagne already providing a rosy sense of satisfaction, I’m not sure if I was mentally or emotionally prepared for the parade of spring dishes to come from Executive Chef Nick Dostal and Executive Pastry Chef Evan Sheridan. Chef Dostal’s take on contemporary American cuisine highlights the seasonal bounties of local farmers, rangers and fishmongers, preparing and presenting them in an innovative, borderline whimsical manner.
Highlights of the marathon Chef’s Extended Menu included the sublime Burgundy snail and morel pasta, the ethereal Dungeness crab with white asparagus puree and the delightful addition of fresh ginger, and the Oregon lamb, prepared two ways. The evening’s wine pairings themselves put on a spectacular show that highlighted so many perfectly paired diverse whites they may have induced a white wine epiphany for this red wine imbiber.
The experience at Sixteen was made all the more enjoyable by the company it was shared with. The culinary debates, playful banter, and course-by-course analysis made dining at Sixteen a truly immersive experience, and one I am more then pleased to add to life’s list of impressionable meals.
401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611