This weekend was a scorcher here in Chicago. So, I decided to grab some lighter fare at GT Fish & Oyster in the River North neighborhood.
GT Fish & Oyster is Located just 4 blocks
west of the Grand ‘L’ stop along the CTA Red Line and 3 blocks north of the Merchandise Mart ‘L stop along the CTA Brown and Purple Lines.
Chef Giuseppe Tentori has earned much critical praise and the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for his affordable, seafood-centric menu. Here’s how my dinner went down:
Since I arrived at this sunny corner restaurant (Grand/Wells) in a near puddle of perspiration, I kicked off things off with this Pisco cocktail made with green chartreuse, lime and basil. I had not tasted green chartreuse before that night and I was pleasantly surprised at the bright, herbaceous flavor it added to this drink which balanced out the tartness of the Pisco. It was the perfect refreshment for this hot summer night.
Since the menu is divided into cold and hot shared plates, I decided to try one of each. Two or three dishes is plenty for one person. First up, I ordered this cold shrimp and calamari salad. This dish was stunning and really flavorful. While I wish there was a bit more seafood in it, what was there was delicious. Honestly, Chef Giuseppe could have served up that broth all on its own in some shot glasses and I would have been just as happy 🙂
Next up, I ordered the hot halibut dish which was made with grilled heirloom tomato and watermelon served over lobster bisque. I cannot say enough wonderful things about it. The halibut was cooked perfectly. It was moist and sweet. The combination of the grilled heirloom tomato and watermelon (I am seeing this flavor profile pop up all over Chicago menus and cocktail lists) was smoky and sweet. The fact that lobster bisque was the canvas for this dish was genius! There were so many layers of flavor. I should have ordered a second helping but I wanted to save room for dessert.
The dessert menu is not extensive. That said, it was still hard to choose. Everything sounded amazing. However, given the 90 degree temperature, I decided to try this cold and refreshing Vacherin which is made with green tea meringue, strawberry sorbet, green tea ice cream, strawberry compote, vanilla whipped cream and basil. I chose wisely! It is definitely one of the most creative desserts I have ever eaten. I would have licked the plate but my mama raised me right 😉
The space at GT Fish & Oyster is casual, relaxed and welcoming. It enjoys a lively after-work crowd. Although I am not a fan of oysters, they are definitely a favorite here. I watched numerous trays fly out of the kitchen only to be slurped down by tables next to me in mere minutes 🙂
GT Fish & Oyster is located at 531 N. Wells St. It is open every day for lunch and dinner. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red, Brown or Purple Lines to GT Fish & Oyster. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!