Saturday, May 24, 2008

(More) Dessert at Tru, Chicago

From dinner at Everest, we went back to our hotel to drop off our car. Then we walked to Holy Name Cathedral to attend the vigil mass. It was drizzling at that time, we were very late already and as expected we got lost. When we arrived at the church, the homily was just over. I felt bad to be late, but it was better than not going to the mass at all.

Tru: StoreAfter the mass ended, we went straight to Tru. We were thinking to cancel it, but I still tempted to try their dessert. I love Food Network and Chef Gale Gand is one of my favorite people on that channel. That's why I had to go there eventhough we were still very very very full. However, as Chef Gale Gand says "there's always room for dessert" :-)

When we arrived at Tru, we told the host that we just want to have dessert at the lounge. The host was not friendly at all, very disappointing! We noticed that the main dining room was full with people. I guessed most of them were out-of-towners who came for National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show that took place on that weekend.

After more than 10 minutes, our waitress came, she was very nice. We told her that we only wanted to have dessert since we just had dinner. Then she came back with the menu. We also found out that apparently Chef Gale was no longer the pastry chef at Tru, although she was still involved with the restaurant. Eventhough we already knew what we wanted based on the online menu, we still looked at the menu while waiting for our waitress to come back. Then a different person came to take our order: dense chocolate, banana crepes, mignardises & lollipops, black tea and root beer float.

Tru: Menu at lounge
Dessert menu at Tru's lounge

The dense chocolate was good -- moist and chocolate-y, the hazelnut ice cream complimented very well. The banana crepes was okay, nothing special. The root beer float was good, not too strong.

Tru: Dense chocolate Tru: Banana crepes
Dense chocolate and Banana crepes

Tru: Gale's root beer float
Gale's root beer float

The mignardises & lollipops were cute, they came in 3-tier tray, very nice. In case you are curious, they were coconut macaroon, cappuccino chocolate (it was good, my favorite), mint chocolate, macadamia toffee, margarita opera cake, sour cherry jelly, salted caramel chocolate, passion fruit macaron (eventhough it was small, it was perfect -- my favorite too), orange and cherry lollipops.

Tru: Mignardises and lollipops
Mignardises and lollipops

By the time we finished it was almost 10 pm already, so we asked for the check. Before we left, our waiter gave us 2 pieces of plastic wrapped financier. We didn't try it until we got home (4 days later), it was good -- surprisingly still very moist.

Tru: Financiers (wrapped)
Financiers to take home

From here we walked back to our hotel, we were very full and tired. We took shower then straight to bed since I had to be at French Pastry School by 8 am for my first day of Pierre Hermé class.


Holy Name Cathedral
735 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-8040

676 N St. Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 202-0001

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