Located within the newly refurbished Silversmith Hotel, located in Chicago’s Loop’s Diamond District, is the uber swanky lounge and restaurant, Adamus. Drawing on the influence of Jeweler’s Row, Adamus is sleekly decorated in blacks, grays, and silvers, with pops of jewel tones and hints of diamonds. A large, round bar, is the emphasis of the lounge, with communal dining tables surrounding it. A dining area is located just off the bar, with the option of sitting on comfy couches, or traditional dining tables. Loop workers and hotel guests will be pleased with the electrical outlets located within each table, allowing one to easily plug in a laptop or a phone.
The contemporary American menu at Adamus uses fresh, local ingredients, and anything from a small snack to a hearty meal is offered.
We started at the bar, where I ordered the Chandon Brut sparkling wine. Because I ordered a “split,” a small bottle was delivered with my glass. Only, it was not Chandon, and the waiter made no mention of the fact that they no longer offered Chandon and that I would be getting something different until I asked. Hopefully they do not use this approach with wines sold by the glass, as well.
While at the bar, we enjoyed small bites from Adamus’ bar menu, including broiled WiAnno oysters, with Pernod creamed spinach, smoked bacon, and gremolata, a yellow tomato gazpacho, made with celery and fennel relish, Hass avocado, and citrus crème fraiche, and lobster croquettes, made with corn, roasted shallots, and Tasso gravy. The gazpacho was tasty and refreshing, but my favorite was the lobster croquette – a yummy and decadent bite to start the meal off right.
After sitting for dinner, we explored a variety of items from Adamus’ Summer dinner menu. To begin, we enjoyed the antipasto board, with Spanish chorizo, olives, pickled vegetables, soft chevre, and grilled ciabatta.
Next came a delicious vegetable hummus, prepared with first press olive oil, with a side of cucumber relish and smoked paprika toasted pita. I could have eaten the entire serving of hummus myself; it was definitely a winner.
We then enjoyed a fantastic artichoke hearts and goat cheese flatbread, with sweet peppadews and garlic cream. This iteration of a vegetarian pizza was another standout of the meal.
Next came a very refreshing and light diver scallop ceviche, with mango, shallots, shaved fennel, and chervil, and served with a side of tasty boniato – a type of sweet potato – chips. I loved the chips, but the mango overpowered the scallops in the ceviche. Still, the flavors were very good.
After our taste buds were warmed up, a fantastic Pacific blue prawn mac & cheese cassarole was served. Tasty prawns and andouille sausage were served on the side of a dish of wonderfully naughty cavatappi pasta, with smoked cheddar and maytag blue cheeses, along with a citrus gremolata. The prawns were cooked perfectly and the toasted breadcrumbs on top of the delicious mad & cheese perfected the dish. Yum is all I can say.
Other notable dishes from the evening included the Creekstone Farms short rib tortellini, with roasted baby beets, horse radish cream, and foraged mushrooms, as well as the citrus brined Bell & Evans chicken breast, prepared with cippolini onion risotto, roasted summer plums, and spiced walnuts. The flavor combination in this dish was wonderful.
We then ended a fantastic dinner with dessert – a summer peach crème brulee, with toasted Marcona almonds and vanilla whip cream, and a fantastic Bellwether Farms fromage blanc cheese cake, with blueberry cognac compote and citrus meringue. Both highlighted the bounty of the season and were wonderfully prepared. I polished both of them off completely!
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Adamus, and was pleased to discover this hidden gem on Jeweler’s Row. From the locally sourced ingredients, to the execution of each dish, Adamus is a perfect place for a drink and light bite after work, to a full breakfast, lunch or dinner, as well. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are all available, and most dietary needs can be accommodated. Now you have another excuse to visit the Diamond District.
10 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.