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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Posted by:Lou Stejskal

Introverted extrovert.

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