John and Karen Urie Shields have finally unveiled their opening tasting menu for Smyth, their hotly-anticipated West Loop restaurant. When it opens on Friday, the Shieldses will serve diners eight-plated courses intermingled with four snacks using ingredients sourced from a farm about an hour south of the city. They’ve cultivated a much-ballyhooed relationship with that farm, which will provide the building blocks for dishes like a savory frozen tomato mousse with noyaux and spicy flowers for dessert.
The menu also includes a slow-cooked lamb shoulder with kelp marmite. Reps say the Dungeness crab and foie gras with scrambled kani miso will provide another standout.
The husband-and-wife team’s experiences include working at Alinea and Charlie Trotter’s. The latter is where the couple met, and their tasting menu at Smyth provides a stark contrast to The Loyalist. That's their relaxed first-floor hangout that opened last month.
Read the full menu below: The tasting menu costs $135 per person and $85 for a beverage pairing. As for the dress code? It harkens back to Kurt Cobain and Nirvana: "Come as you are." Smyth will finally be ready for West Loop diners on Friday at 177 N. Ada St. Reservations are available via Tock.