Chambers Kitchen (located in the Chambers hotel) is run by world renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. As soon as you set foot in the swanky cocktail lounge (the restaurant is in the basement below it), the vibe is more New York than Minneapolis. The menu is Asian inspired and fabulous (our other favorite in this category that gives Chambers a run for its money is 20.21). The lounge has great views of the Theatre district and Hennepin Avenue outside and modern artwork inside. The staff at the bar is borderline pretentious…this is one of the few restaurants in Minneapolis where dressing up is a must (unless you wish to have all eyes glaring at you)! The restaurant below is minimalist and has some seats right by the kitchen with a huge window where you can see the chefs in action. If you go, check out the artwork…we especially like the one in the hotel lobby made of Indian “chapati” tongs.
Excellent! A trendy restaurant and bar with an Asian inspired menu, amazing cocktails, and art like no other in the Twin Cities.
$$. Entrees priced between $20 and $45. Valet parking available ($8)
901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN • 612-767-6978 • http://www.chambersminneapolis.com/
Chambers has some amazing cocktails…the Pineapple Mojito and the Ginger Margarita being our favorites. The Margarita had really strong ginger flavors and we wondered if they used Ginger Ale in addition to fresh ginger. The Mojito had a nice sweet and sour taste. Skip the Cucumber Mint cocktail… refreshingly cool but lacked flavor and had an overpowering taste of cucumbers. For appetizers, the Rice Cracker Crusted Tuna with a Sriracha and citrus sauce was crunchy and fresh. The creamy emulsion added depth to the dish. We also liked the Crispy Peekytoe Crab which was essentially in the form of a fritter with a sweet chili dipping sauce that was nice and spicy. The Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger and Basil was interesting…not as rich and creamy as the traditional kind but had a nice ginger flavor.
The menu offers a dozen or so entrees and is heavily focused on seafood, which we think Chambers does really well. The seafood here is packed with strong Asian flavors, which we love and reminds us of seafood we’ve had in Southeast Asia. The Striped Bass Crusted in Spices was delicious. The sweet and sour buttery broth it came in was very aromatic. The Halibut (or Cod) with Malaysian Chili sauce was excellent…we loved the crispy texture. Another favorite was the Red Curry Duck. It was creamy and rich and reminded our Cambodian friend of her mom’s home-made duck. The Soy Miso Beef Sirloin was also a hit at our table. The sirloin came on a bed of crunchy and sweet bok choy and was topped with a fresh cilantro chutney. Even though we’re not huge fans of Tofu, the Crispy Tofu at Chambers was a winner. Although one can argue that anything tastes good when deep fried, this Tofu has a nice fried crust and a soft and tender inside. We thought the Radish salad it came with was too sour… we found actual chunks of lemon pulp in it. The only entrée that didn’t quite impress us was the Soy Braised Lamb Shank…the flavor and crust were incredible but the piece of meat was malnourished and the Apple-Jalapeno puree was a bit too sour. We can’t remember the last time we were served such a measly piece of shank. We finished off our excellent meal with a delicious Warm Chocolate cake served with Vanilla ice-cream and Cocoa Brittle Tuile. Our friends got the Banana Cake with Salted Caramel ice-cream and even though we are die hard chocoholics, we have the admit their dessert was better than ours.
Service was really slow even though the restaurant wasn’t packed and our server was inattentive. He disappeared on many occasions.