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Elske

I was familiar with David Posey’s cooking talent from when he was chef de cuisine at Blackbird restaurant in Chicago. Back then, I didn’t follow restaurants or knew who was creating my dishes. I read the food section in the newspaper, a few magazine articles and lots of cookbooks. I went to eat where I was invited and discovered places when I took full advantage of my lunch hour. Blackbird was simply a place I went to have a nice lunch and it still is today.

Social media has become a fascinating way to see what is going on all around the world but at times it can feel like having to skim hundreds of spam messages to find the messages that are meant for you. By activating my personal Facebook account only once a week, I eliminated a lot of the noise. I found myself reading whatever I was in the mood to read by going to the actual sites. I began to enjoy the tranquility of Instagram. I found myself wanting to revisit my “old” favorite restaurants more than ever and carefully watched the new ones settle in. My list of restaurants now fits a realistic schedule and budget. I eat at restaurants a lot less but have been incredibly pleased with all of my meal experiences.

Elske is no exception. It was raining the night I was there but there was a welcoming patio fireplace that smelled of burning juniper. The restaurant is spacious, the decor is simple but Elske embraces you with a relaxed vibe. The food is refined using good ingredients. The dishes are creative and presented in an uncomplicated way. You can dine at Elske dressed up or in jeans. You can order from the tasting menu, the a la carte menu, or both like I did. Elske is a lot of the best things about a good meal in one cozy package.


Elske

Elske

Elske

Burning juniper

Burning juniper

Elske

Elske

Bar area at Elske

Bar area at Elske

Kitchen at Elske

Bar at Elske

Beverage Menu at Elske

Beverage Menu at Elske

Main dining room at Elske

Main dining room at Elske

Main dining room at Elske

Main dining room at Elske

Server station at Elske

Server station at Elske

Simple, warm touches throughout Elske

Simple, warm touches throughout Elske

Wallpaper in restroom by Anna Posey

Wallpaper in restroom by Anna Posey


Dinner

Table setting at Elske

Table setting at Elske

2015 Reisling Jean Baptiste Kabinett, Gunderlock

2015 Reisling Jean Baptiste Kabinett, Gunderlock

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Fruits and Vegetables Roll Up, dried scallops, herbs, tea of smoked fruits and vegetables

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Danish Hot Dog and Chips. ‘Grillpølser’ Beef Tartar, remoulade, Gunde’s pickles, dil, crispy onions

Duck Liver Tart, buckwheat crust, salted ramps, parlsey

Duck Liver Tart, buckwheat crust, salted ramps, parlsey

Domaine Dupasquier Rousette de Savoie, Savoie, France

Domaine Dupasquier Rousette de Savoie, Savoie, France

Leeks, orange vinaigrette, toasted oats, black olive, hollandaise, cheddar

Leeks, orange vinaigrette, toasted oats, black olive, hollandaise, cheddar

Leeks, orange vinaigrette, toasted oats, black olive, hollandaise, cheddar

Leeks, orange vinaigrette, toasted oats, black olive, hollandaise, cheddar

Viñátigo Gual, Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Spain

Viñátigo Gual, Ycoden-Daute-Isora, Spain

Skrei Cod, pickled sunchokes, Meyer lemon, black trumpet mushrooms

Skrei Cod, pickled sunchokes, Meyer lemon, black trumpet mushrooms

2015, Domaine des Charbonnieres Cuvee Vielles Vignes, Rhone, France

2015, Domaine des Charbonnieres Cuvee Vielles Vignes, Rhone, France

From the Menu: Fermented Black Bean Agnolotti, morels, sugar peas ($19)

From the Menu: Fermented Black Bean Agnolotti, morels, sugar peas ($19)

Grilled Wagyu Flatiron, broccoli, minutina, butter fried almonds

Grilled Wagyu Flatiron, broccoli, minutina, butter fried almonds


The Kitchen

Kitchen at Elske

Kitchen at Elske

Kitchen at Elske

Kitchen at Elske

Kitchen at Elske

Kitchen at Elske


Dessert

Frozen Fennel Chew, mint

Frozen Fennel Chew, mint

Broadbent Rainwater Madeira, Portugal

Broadbent Rainwater Madeira, Portugal

Rare Cellars Tea and Sparrow Roasters Coffee at Elske

Rare Cellars Tea and Sparrow Roasters Coffee at Elske

Citrus Sundae, toasted milk wafers, barley malt caramel, satsuma

Citrus Sundae, toasted milk wafers, barley malt caramel, satsuma

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From the Menu: Danish Rye Bread Porridge, smoked apple sorbet, quince, puffed cereals ($13)

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From the Menu: Danish rye bread porridge, smoked apple sorbet, quince, puffed cereals ($13)


Menus

Tasting Menu at Elske ($80) Wine Pairing (+45). Non-alcoholic (+25)

Tasting Menu at Elske ($80) Wine Pairing (+45). Non-alcoholic (+25)

Menu at Elske

Menu at Elske


Private Dining Room

Wallpaper in elevator by Anna Posey of Elske

Wallpaper in elevator by Anna Posey of Elske

View of dining room from upstairs

View of dining room from upstairs

Elske private event space

Elske private event space

Elske private event space

Elske private event space

Elske private event space

Elske private event space

Elske private event space

Elske private event space

Main dining room at Elske

Main dining room at Elske

Elske

Elske

Patio at Elske

Patio at Elske

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Info

Elske | 1350 W Randolph St, Chicago IL | 312 733 1314

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