This past weekend Kevin and I spent our Friday date night at Autre Monde. Autre Monde means “another world” in French. As their website says, “Autre Monde Cafe is a neighborhood restaurant celebrating all things Mediterranean with a fresh, seasonal menu, old world focused wine list showcasing the best organic & artisan producers as well as cocktail program inspired by small batch spirits, fresh juices and old school techniques.”
Kevin started his meal by ordering their signature cocktail, the Blood Orange Gimlet. This cocktail was a mix of Gin, Hibsicus Orange Blossom Syrup, Blood Orange Puree, and Fresh Lime. The cocktail was a perfect combination of bitter and sweet from the blood orange and was very refreshing.
Since the menu is tapas style we were able to try several different dishes off of the menu. We started with the Burrata which was paired with Whipped N’Duja, Spring Greens, and a Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette. I have had lots of different burratta dishes, but this is the first time I have ever tried it with a pureed sausage. The whipped n’duja added a nice smoky and spicy flavor which paired great with the creamy cheese.
Next we ordered the Wood-Grilled Octopus which was prepared Gallego Style which means it is cooked with garlic and paprika. If there is ever a grilled octopus dish on a menu, you can pretty much guarantee we will order it. This octopus had great grill flavor and was slightly spicy from the sauce.
Next I tried one of their pastas. I ordered the Spring Gnocchi with Fresh Favas, Pancetta, and Microgreens. The texture of the gnocchi was very light and melted in your mouth. I also loved the addition of the fava beans and saltiness of the pancetta.
The final dish we ordered was actually a special for the evening. We ordered the 16 oz Boneless Ribeye with Chimichurri, Roasted Fingerlings, and Green Beans. The steak was cooked perfectly rare and the flavor of the chimichurri sauce was so fresh. Kevin ate the majority of this dish, but we both loved every bite.
Everything we tasted at Autre Monde was absolutely delicious. The service was great and our food came out quickly and was spaced out nicely between dishes. I would definitely recommend making the drive or hopping on the Blue Line to Autre Monde for your next date night. You will not be disappointed.
Autre Monde is located at 6727 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, IL