David Burke's Primehouse (Thanksgiving dinner - Pre-fix menu)
Its hard to judge a steakhouse when you didn't really have any steak, but there's a good reason for that. Being Thanksgiving night, I really didn't think it would be the best night to sample on of there dry aged meats, as I am very picky, and did not want to be dissapointed. I was rather sure they would be focusing on the Pre-fix menu which included all the obvious for a night like this: Turkey (white and leg confit), sweet potato mash, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and dessert.
Appetizers: My son ordered the scallops and as usual, his choice was a good one. They were very good, perfectly cooked. (Future foodie!)
I Ordered the Steak Tare Tare which I loved. It came with Shrimp tempura which were tasty but overcooked.
Lobster Salad: Huge chunks of Lobster were well appreciated, but lacking a good amount of acidity.
Pumpkin Soup: Too thick and I would have liked it a bit more savory, as the sweet notes were very predominant. But good.
Salad with Cranberries & walnuts: I didn't taste it, as it was my moms, and I was really not in the mood for anything green... she said it was good, but a salad nonetheless. Nothing spectacular.
Turkey: was good, nothing to write home about... (honesty, my mom makes the best tasting with lovely notes of mushroom & white wine) and DB's did not even come close...and it tasted a bit gamey.
Salmon: My son ordered this and it was cooked to perfection, albit missing some acidity... we both agreed that a little lemon would of made it much better... such a simple addition, but it was missed.
Green Beans: raw!... need I say more... they were beyond crunchy... I didn't send them back, but I should of.
Stuffing, Sweet potato mash with toffee bits: Stuffing was well seasoned and moist, but traditional. Sweet potato mash was mixed with regular potato, which I appreciated, making the dish less sweet and although I loved it combined with the toffee, it stuck to your teeth, not pretty.
Desserts: Apple cheesecake was the best, nice cream cheese notes with a nice acidity from green apples. The crust was sweet and very good (and I usually leave it) but this one was good.
Profiteroles: The shell was not crunchy outside, and the inside was a bit undercooked... not impressed, and we did not finish it.
Creme Brulee: for me, it was not dense enough, however, i know this is not the same version as the Spanish one, which in turn is more so. but nonetheless, it tasted a bit eggy and not enough caramelized sugar on top.
Overall, I'd say the food as a whole was average. I will give it another chance on my next trip to Chicago and will order the dry aged steak. However, I thought it was a good deal for the price, being Thanksgiving: $45 for adults, $15 for children.