Publican, a restaurant that focuses very much on local and seasonal. I started things off with Grilled Brun-Uusto Cheese with La Quercia Prosciutto, Green Figs, Fig Jam and Arugula. The figs and the prosciutto brought a sweet flavor but the prosciutto was also savory which tied it to the grilled and bready flavor of the cheese. The arugula brought a slightly sour and peppery finish and everything brought a different texture to enjoy.
For my main course, I went with Dry Aged Duck Breast, Forest Mushrooms, Cipollini Onions and Dried Lemons. I live duck and this duck was done very well. The aging made it more tender and concentrated the flavor. There were many mushrooms that added an earthy flavor. The onions were sweet and tender and every bite gave a lemony flavor.
Having enjoyed my meal so far, I had to at least look at the dessert menu. Looking at it, there were several dishes that interested me, so I asked my server for recommendations, she made a couple of recommendations, but then she said the magic words, "If you're adventurous, you should try the Thai Tea Float, with Chai Ice Cream, and Tapioca Pearls." I was sold immediately, because most of the time I love flavors that will challenge me. The dessert came out in two glasses with the tea, tapioca pearls, and ice cream in one glass and a glass of Soda Water on the side to dissolve the ice cream and to add a nice fizzy head. The tapioca pearls were filled with beet juice which gave the tea a very red color. I like Chai tea and this is what the ice cream tasted like. When the soda water was added, it foamed everything up, but it was much less sweet than I had expected. This was not a bad thing, it actually tasted very good, and it reminded me of a Boston Cooler.
I enjoyed my dinner here. While the space is pretty low key, the food is very good as was the service. Both bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and were able to give me good recommendations and answer my questions. I will definitely keep Boltwood in mind for a future trip to Evanston.