***** (5 stars)
If you’ve ever wanted to win someone over to vegetarian food, this is the place to do it. While there are many non-vegetarian offerings on the menu, the vegetarian dishes are so flavorful it’s hard to imagine anyone not liking them.
What’s amazing is that most of the recipes are fairly simple, but there is a depth to the flavors that is impressive.
We started with madras curry almonds, which were nicely toasted, slightly spicy, and slightly sweet.
Roasted Brussel sprouts were simply prepared, perfectly tender yet charred, and bursting with flavor.
The standout dish was definitely the cauliflower hummus. A simple mix of tahini and lemon oil, with some seeds on top, this was amazingly flavorful, the best hummus I’ve ever had. The accompanying grilled pitas (how can these be gluten-free?) were also stellar.
Crispy rice was essentially a mini dolsot bibimbap. The sunnyside up egg and sriracha sauce elevated this dish.
Least impressive but just fine was the chickpea Caesar, the only dish where the combined ingredients didn’t rise above their individual sums.
Service was enthusiastic, and the ambiance is cool without being annoying.
The Little Beet Table
845 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610