This upscale restaurant in the Lake Shore Drive W hotel serves eclectic contemporary American food and small plates. The grilled baby octopus was a nicely balanced starter, the smokiness of the cephalopod offset by crunchy frisee salad, briny olive tapenade, and a subtle but slightly acidic tomato vinaigrette. Seared jumbo sea scallops were separated from a mound of al dente Israeli couscous by a layer of wilted arugula, and the whole thing was surrounded by a satiny carrot sauce (though the purported cumin went undetected). The many fish-based entrees included several good combinations: Moroccan-spiced prawns with crispy chickpeas and parsley-garlic sauce, roasted mussels with carrot-cumin puree and cardamom brown butter, salmon kebab with berry-mint couscous and pomegranate-molasses glaze. An impressive wine list includes some hard-to-find American bottles.
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