Review of Quince
By definition, Quince is a western Asian shrub or tree having white flowers and hard apple like fruit. The aromatic, many-seeded fruit of this plant is only edible when cooked. While Quince at the Homestead may not have used that actual tree when decorating its lovely dining room, the reliance on wood and flowers defiantly make this an ideal romantic venue.
The décor is not the only thing elegant about Quince; throughout your food journey you will see dedication to plating as well as preparation. Experiences can be made or broken by your server, our friendly and very knowledgeable serving tandem tonight helped set a lovely course for our evening. Like a great book that starts you off with a bang, the warm and crisp chicken spring rolls wake up and excite your senses.
One appetizer is fun, but three is a party so let’s keep going! While I normally only have chestnuts during the holidays, the crisp and savory chestnut & foie gras dumplings will have you asking for more. For a nice salty and slightly sweet combination, choose the pork belly with its crispy skin, tender meat, and slight sweetness of blood orange.
Two entrees were chosen tonight, surf and turf but not in the typical sense. This won’t be a jumbo steak and lobster tail, but rather short rib and bass. Flaky bass is first and it’s cast of characters that surround it. A little gnocchi, mushroom, a quail egg, and what I believe were crunchy fried garlic strips. A lovely fork tender short rib was nestled with orzo, sunchoke, salsify, beet, spinach, pine nut, shallot, and garlic.
Dark chocolate crêpes begin or descent with white chocolate filling, candied lime zest, and a touch of raspberry. It’s rich and definitely worth trying. If something lighter is on your mind then an assortment of house made sorbets are available. Raspberry, blueberry, and kiwi offer a refreshing end to your meal while the yogurt sorbet is almost ice cream like.
Complaints? While a lovely evening was definitely had, portion size was on the small side and at times left me wanting more. Prices are on the high end with most entrees costing around $25-30. Overall Quince offers lovely service, artfully prepared dishes, upscale prices, and a beautiful atmosphere. Rating *** and ½ out of *****.
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1625 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201