After a few successful dinners at RPM Italian, I was looking forward to my first trip to RPM Steak – also a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant with Bill and Guiliana Rancic’s involvement – and I was just as impressed. While the décor reminded me of dining in a hotel – perhaps it was the curtain-shrouded host stand – the ambiance was comfortable and noise level just right for conversation. I recently had friends visiting from Miami, and wanted to take them to a hot, new restaurant that was sure to impress, and RPM Steak fit the bill.
We began with the refreshing and flavorful Japanese Yellowtail, served with fresh wasabi and tomato water. The Yellowtail was like butter and melted in our mouths, and the wasabi and tomato water offered just enough additional flavor, without overpowering the fish.
We then moved on to the tender and meaty Mediterranean Octopus, with potatoes and jalapeño crema. We loved this dish and it was inhaled in an instant. I could have probably ordered a second, but knew we had plenty of food on its way.
I enjoyed a half pound of the Alaskan King Crab, served with all of the accouterments, for my entree, and it was perfect. I like my crab meat with just a squeeze of lemon, and I was a happy camper with my order.
The others, however, could not pass up the 36 ounce Mishima Tomahawk, made from hand selected, premium quality, Japanese-style beef from Tacoma, Washington. The steak was beautifully presented, and everyone loved the flavor, though agreed that it was on the cold side, and likely had sat in the kitchen for a while prior to serving, unfortunately.
No trip to a steakhouse is complete without an abundance of side dishes, and we chose the macaroni & cheese, prepared with artisanal pasta, mushrooms and bacon, shishito peppers, Brussels sprouts, and Hen of the Woods mushrooms. I though that the mac & cheese was rather uninspired and lackluster, but the peppers, sprouts, and mushrooms were all strong accompaniments.
We may have left the best for last, however, with our dessert choices. We first tried the seasonal peach bread pudding, which was served piping hot and topped with a lovely ice cream that cooled off the otherwise scalding dessert.
Speaking of fire, we had to order the Baked Alaska, served tableside complete with a boozy pour and quick light show. I loved the interplay of the meringue coating, moist cake, refreshing ice cream, and taste of the liquor which help light this dish ablaze.
Aside from the off temperature of the Wagyu and the lackluster macaroni & cheese, everything about our experience at RPM Steak was terrific. Service was on point with thoughtful recommendations, and she was not overbearing, but rather appeared at just the right moments. I would definitely return.
RPM Steak is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and for dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for weekend dinners.
66 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654