Alpana Singh, a Master Sommelier and host of Check, Please!, recently opened the much anticipated restaurant and wine bar The Boarding House in Chicago. After hearing such amazing reviews of the decor and food my friend and I decided to check it out. The Boarding House has a spectacular bar area on the main floor with wine glasses serving as a chandelier over the bar. Seating in the bar is available without a reservation and the menu consists of pizzas and small plates to share with friends. We chose to eat in the dining room located on the upper level where the menu is a little more diverse. Reservations for the dining room are recommended and can be made on Open Table.
We started off with the crispy cumin cauliflower served with pesto, mint yogurt and SP sauce. The cauliflower was perfectly crisp and the dipping sauces all had a unique flavor that paired well with the cauliflower.
We shared the balsamic portobello tatin with a mushroom ragout, caramelized red onions and basil pesto as our entree (since we both had our eyes on dessert). The mushroom ragout and the basil pesto were a perfect complement to the portobello and the pastry shell underneath gave it a great texture.
The best part of the night was this amazing s'mores bombe with chocolate hazelnut mousse, a marshmallow center, graham cracker crust served with a toasted marshmallow and drinking chocolate. It was probably one of the best desserts I've had in Chicago.