Parachute, Chicago’s hottest new restaurant

Pork Belly and Mung Bean Pancake

Pork Belly and Mung Bean Pancake

It’s been getting rave reviews, so it’s not much of a leap of faith to try the new Korean fusion restaurant: Parachute. The tricky part is getting the reservation.

My boyfriend booked for us two months in advance. We wanted to go on a Tuesday night, and the earliest they had available was 8:30pm. We arrived right on time, but we had to wait 20 minutes for a table. Normally, this would drive me crazy (why make a reservation then?), but a quick look around the restaurant shows they literally have 40 chairs in the entire place. So we waited, willing the other diners to eat quickly.

My three favorite items were:

1) Pork Belly and Mung Bean Pancake (pictured above). Savory pancake with a splash of pineapple sweetness, the layers of flavors are unexpected and delicious. I wish we had ordered two!

Baked potato bing bread, bacon, scallion and sour cream butter

Baked Potato Bing Bread

2) Start your meal with the Baked Potato Bing Bread. They had me at ‘bacon.’ This starter is the baked potato version of bread. If you make it to Parachute, you must order the bing bread with bacon and scallion — topped with sour cream butter.

Pavlova, corn pastry cream, coconut, blackberry, lime

Pavlova, corn pastry cream, coconut, blackberry, lime

3) For dessert, order the Pavlova. The meringue crust is crispy and melts in your mouth. The coconut cream and blackberry center is delightful with a hint of lime.

Make the jump — make a reservation — and trust Parachute to deliver your taste buds safely to the ground.

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