Friday Five Restaurant Revisited: Gaudi Cafe | chicago foodie girl

5.27.2013

Friday Five Restaurant Revisited: Gaudi Cafe

*Guest post by chicago foodie girl contributor, Diana

Hi All! Hope you're all having a great extended weekend!

I finally made it back to a restaurant that I reviewed recently on a "Friday Five" post and wanted to share some of the foodie porn with you. This was a restaurant I don't go to often, but needed to make it a point to get back there again and I finally did!

I picked up my sister on Saturday and she had a taste for tapas, but didn't want to drive too far away, nor sit in bumper to bumper traffic to go downtown. I remembered that Gaudi Cafe had a nice selection of tapas, along with salads, sandwiches and breakfast all day, so I thought it was the perfect choice. We headed out to the Ukrainian Village I gushed all the way there about how much I enjoyed their food and how excited I was to go back there!

After perusing the menu, we decided to go for tapas and nothing else. We started with two wonderful plates of marinated olives and bacon wrapped dates:



We were given a generous portion of olives mixed with cornichons and pearl onions, drizzled with balsamic cream. I'm a huge olive fan, so I could have just had that plate on my own, but I had to share. :)

The bacon wrapped dates are another big favorite - how can you go wrong with salty, sweet and savory all wrapped in one little bite? The plate was drizzled with balsamic cream and the little orange blob on the plate was not explained to us, but we agreed it was a guava jelly/paste that paired nicely with the dish.

The next set of tapas were Ribeye en Tostada, and then Alcachofas al Ajo:


The ribeye was cooked PERFECTLY, placed on thin toasty bread, topped with melted blue cheese and roasted red peppers. Perfect serving for two (one for each), along with a small salad with a tangy raspberry vinaigrette. I want to say it was my favorite so far, but then the following dish showed up...


Alcachofas are artichokes. This dish was comprised of marinated artichoke hearts with grilled chicken, sauteed with garlic, served with a thin warm grilled pita, and oh my foodie god, it was fantastic. They should seriously consider serving this dish as an entree with a salad of some kind and maybe another veggie side like asparagus or sauteed spinach.  It's so good!

Next up (and final dishes): Queso Asado and Grilled Calamari:



I love grilled panela cheese (great in quesadillas!!) and I wanted to love this dish, but the sauce it was topped with was SO spicy, it was hard for me to eat it.  But I love grilled panela cheese (haha), so I scraped off some of the sauce, and used the tortillas on the right to make mini quesadillas.

The dish was good, but when I'm chugging water to get through a meal, my brain kind of checks out and I'm not really thinking about flavor or even enjoying it. The menu didn't state that the sauce was spicy, otherwise I wouldn't have ordered it or asked for it on the side. If you like spicy, you're going to love it.



The calamari was great! Grilled to a crispy perfection along with finely chopped onions and green peppers, served with grilled pita, it was a nice finish to a great lunch.

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and look forward to going back to Gaudi Cafe again. The foodwas amazing, wonderful service and the atmosphere is very chill and relaxed. Just my kind of place!

Thanks for joining me and if you are in town I hope you're able to visit Gaudi Cafe sometime soon!

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3 comments

  1. PLEASE PUT THAT IN MY TUMMY NOW!! ;-)

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  2. We totally have to go here. I absolutely love tapas. Looks very yummy.

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  3. I totally want to check this out -- that chicken/artichoke dish looks amazing!

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