Althea is a vegan restaurant on the top floor of a department store, downtown Chicago. It doesn’t exactly jump out as the place to eat but it was. Sitting on the 7th floor of Saks fifth avenue, run by Matthew Kenney a plant-based chef who is a bit of a celebrity in the plant-based world.
I seem to have a thing for eating out in interesting places in Chicago. Did you read about my experience at The Purple Pig?
A bread-based starter is what I am all about. No faffing about it dainty starters. I sometimes vegan starters a little airy. Not filling. This one, however, was just about right. For 2 people I found it ample, it had a tasty bread base and macadamia ricotta. Vegan cheese is usually questionable but this was fab!
Sadly I didn’t eat 2 main courses, I would have given it a really good go. Instead, I finished the plant bowl and tried the broth of the Spicy Udon. The Plant bowl had a really good selection of textures, which feels like a weird statement. If you are a meat-eater, you will understand that sometimes vegan meals are all one texture either soft mush or crunchy veg. Let us not forget about the black bowls of my dream. The Spicy Udon was spicy, not so that it burnt your mouth but so it warmed your cockles in Yorkshire speak.
Where to find Althea
700 NORTH MICHIGAN AVE. 7TH FLOOR CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60611