Chef Noah and Cara Sandoval's eagerly-anticpated follow-up to Michelin-starred Senza now has an opening date. According to a news release, Oriole launches on March 10 at 661 W. Walnut St. in the West Loop, with the added talents of pastry chef Genie Kwon (Boka). The release also details that diners won't receive a menu, as the chefs want to surprise guests during their multi-course meals.
The sample menu (see below) is seafood dominant, but the release trumpets that "industry trends hold no reigns on Oriole's culinary creativity." Reservations for the 28-seat space are available via OpenTable, as the tasting menu costs $175 per person. A beverage pairing that includes wine, cocktails and juice costs $75, while a reserve pairing costs $125 and features "select wines." Wines by the bottles and glass, as well as classic cocktails, will also be available.
Chicago Magazine got a hold of Noah Sandoval and Kwon, who talk about how there won't be pretension, despite the white tablecloths. Inside Oriole, located on a quieter West Loop street, guests will find a decor picked out by staff, including custom mid-century banquettes and black leather armchairs, as well as a dining area with "clear views" of the open kitchen.
Check out the sample menu below and come back later for much more on Oriole as the opening date grows closer.