Review: Mercat a la Planxa

31 October 2015

I made a quick stop to Chicago before heading to the South for the real point of this trip. Had a few errands to run so was burdened with a car, so stayed far from the centre. Aside from excellent BBQ (as I’ve detailed in the previous entry), I made a late decision on Hallowe’en night to run into town from Midway for a late dinner.

Not the easiest thing to do to find a table on a busy Saturday night for 1, but I went with somewhere that has been reliable in the past — Mercat a la Planxa. I’ve had several good meal at this place, featuring Jose Garces’s take on Catalan cuisine. So I was hoping for a good evening.

A little odd that it was just over half full for a busy night, and many clients seem to be from the adjacent hotel. Not a great sign. I placed my order and chilled out with some wine. Then the first item arrived, sipia

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Cuttlefish from the planxa. Not bad, but not great. These tasted rather bland, with not much proper seasoning really. Oh well… Then more food — peppers.

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Not bad, but I didn’t get a spicy one again…this is the 3rd time this has happened at this restaurant, so I have become suspicious… Then next was botifarra negra

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Or better known as morcilla or black pudding (or blood sausage), this was pretty good, done well. You gotta think this would be done well. In fact this gave me a bit more confidence in the kitchen so I ordered a main after this. In the meantime the service was pretty messy too…

I had a bit more wine after I finally got my server’s attention… Then the main — the secreto

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It always worries me when a piece of iberico needed sauces (albeit, thank goodness, on the side). This was honestly the most bland iberico I have ever had. Is this a cut-price item they are sending from Spain? Awful. No taste, no flavour. What’s going on? Truly puzzled by this…

I had enough so just had a coffee and headed out for the long ride back to Midway. Oh, what a disappointing dinner. What happened with that iberico?!?!

Mercat a la Planxa
638 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

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