NUNN IN THE OVEN
What's Cooking in the Fulton Market Kitchen?
Sat. April 17, 2021 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn
Fulton Market Kitchen, at 311 N. Sangamon Street, has returned with a vengeance from a break with a new focus on the dining room and some fresh faces, safely behind masks, on the staff. After having attended many events held in the vibrant space over the years, such as the Chicago Latino Film Festival opening party, it was interesting to see how the place has pivoted because of the pandemic.
No longer allowed to have those crowded gatherings, FMK has adapted to the times with a reimagined menu full of contemporary cuisine that will have diners begging for more in a relaxed atmosphere.
The main modern dining room and adjoining cozy corner rooms really highlight the sheer amount of space the venue has to offer. This leaves plenty of room for art to adorn the walls that will have phone photographers clicking away. The team for FMK was inspired by the New York City ecclectic art scene and the street art of Wynwood Walls in Miami.
This West Loop hot spot is set up for a successful future thanks to a well conveyed plan. Start off with a small plate of Gratineed Island Creek Oysters with king crab Florentine and parmesan. We couldn't get enough of the tasty suckers! The Lavash Flatbread had a unique flavor, but needed more Armenian spice to make it more of a standout. The main dishes spotlight a variety of seafood delicacies, along with other choices of Rohan duck breast or angus beef fillet, among several others.
For dessert, the profiteroles hit the spot with chocolate ganache inside a light, flaky pastry. Overall, the menu is quite streamlined and concise thanks to executive chef Jonathan Harootunian, who is obviously planning for a busy summer.
The mixologists at the bar certainly know how to create an unforgettable cocktail with a wide range of ingredients. Check out the list for the Luna de Sangre: Banhez Mezcal, pomegranate, beets, lime, Fernet Vallet, morita chili syrup and mole bitters. Imagine making that wild concoction on a busy night!
They have also chosen some offbeat beers to serve to guests such as the Warpigs Foggy Geezer IPA and the Original Sin Black Widow Cider. A mix of blackberries and apples in the cider must mean it's healthy, right?The wine list is very French forward for the reds and California focused for the Chardonays and whites. Wine menus are always continually evolving, so be prepared for seasonal changes in the future. Just ask your friendly server for a sample if you are unsure. Be adventurous and live a little!
Fulton Market Kitchen has just the right ambience for the perfect date night while keep things casual at the same time. As we all need more socializing these days, FMK is the place to be in terms of menu, music and ambience. One can feel secure that things are safely spaced with a smartly executed vision by all involved at the restaurant.
Visit FultonMarketKitchen.com for hours of operation and easy to make reservations today!