The Purple Pig – Chicago

The Purple Pig Chicago is an institution, after 10 years it moved and we stumbled across it on opening night in its new home. They don’t take reservations and we got lucky. The last 4 seats at kitchen window or a 3-hour wait. The last 4 seats it was. Personally I find a kitchen seat much more entertaining then stuck on a table in the far corner of a restaurant, potentially just looking into the rest of the dining room or worse. The corridor to the toilets.

Kitchen seat at the purple pig Chicago

What did we order?

As The Purple Pig is tapas style, the portions are a little smaller meaning you can share a few. Between 4, we ordered 8 savoury dishes and 2 desserts and we left satisfied. I was the more adventurous eater out of the party, so a couple of the dishes I got the majority of (absolutely no complaints there).

4 tapas plates at the purple pig Chicago

4 out of our 7 dishes lined up all neat in a row. The wait staff brought the dishes as they were ready rather than a ‘course’ at a time. This worked well but 4 dishes, plus side dishes meant that our table space got filled up pretty quickly. This would be my only complaint of taking a kitchen seat. The lack of table space. Food plus drinks plus crockery made it a tight fit.

Snacks, Pork and Meat

Salt Roasted Beets - Whipped goats cheese + Pistachio butter. The Purple Pig - Chicago
SALT ROASTED BEETS
Whipped goats cheese + Pistachio butter
WHIPPED FETA Pita Crackers, Heirloom Tomatoes, Honey+ Cumin. The Purple Pig - Chicago
WHIPPED FETA
Pita Crackers, Heirloom Tomatoes, Honey+ Cumin
SMOKED PORK TONGUE Tonnato Sauce + Salad Olivier. The Purple Pig - Chicago
SMOKED PORK TONGUE
Tonnato Sauce + Salad Olivier
PRIME NEW YORK STRIP STEAK Summer Pepperonata, Zhoug+ Raspberry-Bone Marrow Vinaigrette THE PURPLE PIG CHICGO
PRIME NEW YORK STRIP STEAK
Summer Pepperonata, Zhoug+ Raspberry-Bone Marrow Vinaigrette
PRIME NEW YORK STRIP STEAK Summer Pepperonata, Zhoug+ Raspberry-Bone Marrow Vinaigrette the purple pig Chicago
MILK BRAISED BERKSHIRE SHOULDER
Mashed Potatoes and Crispy Lentils.
RICOTTA GNOCCHI
Pork Neckbone Gravy

Now you’ve got past all these pictures of deliciousness, shall we have a chat about them. The stand out item for me was the salt roasted beets – they were fab. The texture of the beetroot was excellent and whipped goats cheese light but creamy, it worked well together as a pair. In contrast, my least favourite savoury option was the whipped feta and crackers. There weren’t enough crackers, and the crackers were so flimsy you couldn’t pile it high without it disintegrating.

Meat, the other members of the party requested some meat options, of course, I tried these too. The steak was good, but I’m no conciser, I’ll happily eat filet or a flank and find it enjoyable if seasoned well. Pork belly, I always order or advise others to order. It is a restaurant treat. Perfectly pink and tender I would order again. As 4 of us tucked into this one, I wish we had ordered 2 portions.

Desserts

Desserts are the most crucial part of any meal. 

Linda Sunshine

Chocolate or fruit, I have to order dessert. It’s really rare that I turn it down. Even when I am the only one that wants a pudding I am all about the power of persuasion and getting someone else to order too, so I can sample some of course.

CHOCOLATE CAKE
Chocolate ice cream and cookie crumb. The Purple Pig - Chicago
CHOCOLATE CAKE
Chocolate ice cream + cookie crumb
The Purple Pig - Chicago.
STRAWBERRY TART
lemon sorbet, meringue + caramelised nuts
STRAWBERRY TART
lemon sorbet, meringue + caramelised nuts
Where to find the Purple Pig?

444N North Michigan Avenue, open from 11:30am until 11:30pm.

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