Hip spot for inventive Korean sharing plates & table spreads with full bar & Sunday wine specials.
4.5 stars for food. 2 stars for service. The food is very good and the servers were nice. The service, however, was quite off. After one of the staff dropped off one of our plates, I asked if I could order an old fashioned and they told me that they’d tell our server, but my drink never came. By the time our actual server came back around, we were already more than half way through our dinner, so I didn’t bother to ask for my drink. Then towards the end of our meal, our server asked if my wife would like a refill of her iced tea. My wife said “sure”, assuming it was a free refill. It was not free. After we got the bill, my wife mentioned the confusion about the refill to the server, who responded with “oh, no… it’s not. Are you okay with that?” Awkwardly, my wife said “not really, but I drank it so I guess I have to be?”. To which our server replied with, “okay” and walked away. It wasn’t the biggest deal (just an extra $4), but it was painfully awkward and we felt like it could’ve been handled better. We would still recommend this place for dinner, but be wary of the service.
One of Chicago’s finest restaurants. Doing super well executed, elevated dishes. Great staff and casual ambiance with top notch cuisine. Nice wine list as well.
We dined here a few times before COVID and the food was always exquisitely prepared and you could feel the careful consideration and planning that went into each element of each dish. I am truly amazed that Chef Kim has been able to keep that level of intentional care with their takeout offerings. We recently had the pork ssamjang wrap pic box box with house made crackers, a variety of cheeses and pickles and a delicious salad to tie everything together. Love that this is a no cook option that you can pick up ahead of time or take directly to a picnic. Can’t wait to see what’s on the menu next week!
Congratulations Jennifer Kim on winning a Jean Banchet Award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant! It is so well deserved. We love dining with you and it was great to see you rewarded for the excellence that Passerotto achieves every day.
Not bad, but not the best either. I’d give it a 3.5 I think the mains are a tad overpriced especially given that our kalbi came out cold (!) The scallops were delicious. The cocktails were okay. If I were to come again I’d try the lobster but that’s about it. Just another place I checked off of my list to try.
We love this neighborhood gem and visit often, but they totally knocked it out of the park with their Korean Fried Chicken Dinner kit. Fried chicken was super crispy and hubby and I fought over the extra sauce. Spam & kimchi fried rice was addicting. So many yummy banchan included. Do yourself a favor and go order this now!
This Korean fusion restaurant is a great addition to Andersonville, and I hope it sticks around! I came with a group of 6, which is the best way to try this place. We shared the tuna, hamachi, scallops, lamb ragu, gyutan, beets, spare ribs, pork tenderloin, and kalbi. The can’t miss dishes are: tuna, spare ribs, kalbi, and the pork tenderloin. The gyutan and beets were OK but I’ll skip when I come back. The food was a bit spicy for my taste, but that’s just because I’m extra sensitive to heat. The service was wonderful without being stuffy, and the total bill was around $50pp not including drinks. My one piece of advice is to come early! We had a 8:30pm reso, and by the time we ordered around 9pm, some of the dishes we wanted to try were sold out.
So, the menu upon looking at it looked promising, high quality Kalbi, duck ragu ddeokbokki, fresh hwe dup bap. We were hungry, excited young men ready to devour our meals, we had even ordered an appetizer. So to recap 3 people split an appetizer, and the kalbi which is advertised for 2 people, on top of ordering an entree each for ourselves. Needless to say, we went out and had some superdawgs to actually fill anything in our stomach. The kalbi portion was definitely not enough for 2 people… Maybe if they would have advertised it as a kalbi sampling I would be much more content with what I got. Maybe if they didn’t give 6 pieces of rice cake, which you can get fresh at any korean market for a fraction of the price, I would be much more content with what I got. Maybe if the kale in the hwe dup bap wasn’t like a cold wet paper towel saturated with cold oil and it had a bigger portion size, I would be much more content with what I got. Regardless of the food the service was nice, the waitress forgot about the kalbi and asked if we still wanted it and we said yes, we tried to cancel it about 5 minutes later but she said it was already on so we took it and gave her a nice tip for the troubles. Needless to say, a majority of the time I’m happy I at least experienced the restaurant before I decide to never go again. I can’t say the same for this one. Food just wasn’t “good”
I love contemporary fusion food and had high expectations from the Yelp reviews, but was a little let down by my experience at Passerotto. First, the restaurant and ambience were much more casual than I expected- which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It has a rustic and hipster vibe. My friend and I arrived for an early dinner, so the restaurant was pretty empty and felt a little cold/distant. Once it filled up a bit later into the evening, the space warmed up and felt much more sociable. The felt like the dishes I tried were either very average or overly abstract- which distracted from the flavors and made each dish less memorable, and prices less justifiable. Passerotto has some good things going for it and I don’t mean to simply criticize it- From my subjective experience, I just wasn’t a big fan.
One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The thing to understand about dining at Passerotto–it’s Chef Kim’s tasting menu/omekase of exquisite Korean dishes, using the best ingredients with impeccable preparation and presentation, producing flavors that will knock your socks off. So, go with enough folks to try most of all of the menu, and trust that you will be wowed. Tonight she offered three raw dishes–the scallops with homemade XO sauce, hamachi with grapes, and a mussel escabeche. So delicious! We also swooned over the dduk bokki lamb ragu, the lobster sujebi (both chewy Korean noodle dishes given an Italian inflection) and a sweetbreads dish with beets (think of the galaxy’s best General Tso’s chicken: crispy, spicy, sweet). For a table of four, we had two orders of the kalbi shortrib, served with impeccable versions of banchan and fresh perilla leaves. We thought the kalbi was perfect–flavorful and tender with just the right amount of chew. The dessert was just right–an Italian cookie and dessert wine. We enjoyed their versions of an Old Fashioned and a Hot Toddy, as well as amazing wines and a house made digestif seasoned with shiso and other herbs. Thanks to Chef Kim and her staff for a special and memorable evening!