***** (5 stars)
Great ambiance, a chill soundtrack and excellent food come together in this Fulton Market seafood bar. It’s one of two restaurants that share the same reception area, the other being the fancier Swift & Sons steakhouse.
Cold Storage is a fairly intimate space with a seafood bar in the center and some cozy booths and a few high tops around the edges.
While the menu emphasizes the raw bar, there are many other choices, and in fact we feasted on everything but raw shellfish.
The mean starts with a large serving of complementary cross cut potato chips, which were fresh made and delicious. We began with the Whitefish Disp. It was served with saltines, but we liked it better on the chips. It was good, but could have been a bit smokier.
We also tried the day’s special crudo, a mix of Hiramasa, serrano chilis, cilantro and grilled pineapple. It seemed a bit pricey for the amount of Hiramasa, but was good.
The Warm crab roll was a good sized sandwhich with a flavorful crab salad and nicely toasted bread.
Fish and chips was a very generous serving of flakey white fish and a bowl of good fries.
We finished with two of the many house-made ice creams.
There is a thoughtful list of cocktails and a limited list of wines and beers. Service was friendly and attentive. We felt the pricing was quite reasonable given all the courses and drinks we had.
1000 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607