Cast within a new-build midrise along Chicagoâ€™s North End, Maple & Ash defies is simplistic name as one of the cityâ€™s most hedonist culinary experiences. As much for the eyes as to taste, Maple & Ash casts an opulent visual with its main dining room laid in rich, reclaimed wood in a herringbone pattern. Opulent emerald and aquamarine upholstery and painted walls give an intimate feel to its modern architecture that could otherwise feel cold and minimal. Downstairs, a lounge bar and bistro with more casual menu is worthy of its own booking should the more formal upstairs dining room be booked.
Inspired by the classic grills of Chicagoâ€™s 1940s, dinner in in the upstairs dining room offers appetizers of crispy lambs ribs, foie gras with strawberry preserves and full raw bar of oysters, prawns and crab. Known as a steakhouse, the wood-fire oven delivers cuts of rib eye, fillet mignon and a classic steak frites as well as grilled swordfish, line-caught salmon and whole Branzino thatâ€™s just as delicious. An additional â€˜I Donâ€™t Give A F*CKâ€™ tasting menu offers a bit of everything. Downstairs, the truffle-grilled cheese on brioche and â€˜Downstairsâ€™ burger are nothing short of a triumph.
Opulent, meaty Chicago grill perfects a gluttonous new dinner scene with lively martini bar along the Gold Coast.