Dallas and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary with dinner at Mott Street. We’d never been there and thought the menu looked great, and luckily we were NOT disappointed. It was SO good. Probably the best dinner out I’ve had in a long time. I’d say the cuisine is… asian-ish. Not Korean, but the chef is Korean, so there are many influences. Asian fusion? Most things on the menu are meant for sharing and our waiter suggested 2-3 plates per person. This is what we ended up getting:
- GRILLED LEEKS: with sahmjang butter and chopped almonds
- KIMCHI & OAXACA EMPANADAS: masa shell served with chimichurri crème-fraiche
- EVERYTHING WINGS: crispy wings glazed with soy, jaggery and dried chilis, tossed with sesame, poppy seed, fried shallots and served with tzatziki
- SHORT RIB: marinated and grilled, tamale pave, jalapeño yogurt, radish
- STUFFED CABBAGE: napa kimchi stuffed with pork butt and sticky rice, pan seared
- BREAD PUDDING: with chocolate, orange, creme chantilly
Everything was great. I especially liked the kimchee empanadas, but every dish was one we would totally order again. And? Surprisingly delicious hot toddies. Also, I’m totally guessing, but I think the name Mott Street must be a nod to Mott Street in New York, which is pretty much Main Street in the Chinatown neighborhood.
After dinner we met up with some friends at Emporium in Logan Square. It was a friend of a friend’s birthday, so we had a few more cocktails.