Categories: High end dining, Creative, Technique driven, Modernist
Lately there are a few high end restaurants playing with the theme of a dinner party. Lazy Bear in San Francisco is one of my favorites, and El Ideas in Chicago is also very successful with the model. 42 grams goes in a more intimate direction than either of the other two restaurants and seats only 8 people at a time. The entire staff consists of two chefs, a dishwasher and one person running front of the house. Jake Bickelhaupt is the chef and co-owner with his wife Alexa Welsh who is the entire front of the house. Chef Bickelhaupt worked at Alinea, Schwa, and Charlie Trotter's, so he has a great resume. Like Schwa and El Ideas in Chicago, 42 grams is BYOB. They offer still or sparkling water only. This is not a place that focuses on the traditional aspects of fine dining. It is comfortable and modern inside, but the neighborhood is not a great one and there is no lounge area inside, so do not come early. But don't be late either because everyone is served at the same time, like at a dinner party. Clearly, the focus is on the food and creating a relaxed and friendly environment where people interact with each other. 42 grams is completely successful at this. The food is amazing and I had a great time with the people next to me. We shared our wine and chatted the whole night. Most of the time we were talking about how good the food was.