For 29 years, Motamen has developed a fine reputation in Wrigleyville with exotic dishes of seafood, alligator, ostrich, and more.Just a stone’s throw from Wrigley Field’s left field wall, Raw Bar has a funky old-world ambiance. The restaurant is filled with books and ship knick-knacks like some kind of wacky cross between New Orleans and a Pirates of the Caribbean set. Turns out Chef Toni Motamen has traveled the four corners of the Earth, and lived in both Spain and Ireland. The menu touches down all over the map— New England, Louisiana, the Mediterranean—but never stays in one place for too long. Motamen blends cuisines from around the world and makes dishes that are truly unique. The pan-crusted crispy salmon is served with roasted potatoes and ravioli in an almond sauce. The restaurant is one of only a handful of places in Chicago where you can find ostrich and alligator. For 29 years, Motamen has developed a fine reputation in Wrigleyville with exotic dishes like these.
With dishes like Oysters Rockefeller, billowing curtains hanging from the ceiling like ship sails, and an ancient tank that warns of lobster attacks, you might have Raw Bar pegged with a maritime theme. But just enter the main dining room and you could be in the Middle East, eating Persian caviar. Or with the sounds of Billie Holiday piping in on the stereo, it might feel like Paris in the ‘20s. It’s wherever you want it to be, really, which is the amazing transportive quality of great food.
Crispy filet of Salmon, $17
Smothered Alligator tapas, $8
Blackened Ostrich tapas, $10
Oysters Rockefeller tapas, $9.50
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