Monday, August 13, 2018

Roof on TheWit

Having lived in the Chicago area now for 4 years (where the heck did the time go!?), we'd long heard about the rooftop bar in the DoubleTree hotel in downtown. It was high time that I checked out the ROOT on theWit. Given it turns into a nightclub bar after about 9pm, I was pretty adamant that we would check it out for an early dinner and drinks - I've long left my clubbing days behind.

We still wanted to live it up and celebrate - so a glass of champagne to start my birthday celebrations it was!

The space itself is wonderfully open especially with the high ceilings and large sliding doors that lead out to a narrow balcony that overlook the Chicago streets. You can make out the DJ behind me spinning tunes (at a reasonable volume, at least for this time of the evening), and there's moody purple lights to add some fanciness. 

We ordered a range of dishes, and found them all pretty good. We started with a La Palma Coca - in other words, a pineapple flatbread. No arguments here about pineapple on pizza.

La Palma Coca - Spanish Chorizo, Tomato Sauce, Smoked Mozzarella, Aleppo Cured + Roasted Pineapple
What a fancy version of a ham and pineapple pizza, with fairly spicy chorizo, creamy mozzarella, and luscious sweet pineapple. I approve.

Continuing on the Spanish theme, we also had a seafood paella.

Seafood Paella - Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Spanish Chorizo, Pickled Peppers, Piquollo Pepper Aioli, Saffron
Once again with the high quality ingredients, I liked this paella but I didn't love it. The flavours were there, but the burnt crust was missing. So it was acceptable, but nothing striking, and made me miss being in the streets of Barcelona instead. 

I did love the potatoes though - but it's not hard to love crunchy potato wedges.

Torn + Fried Potatoes - Honey, Scallions, Paprika, Mint, Curried Aioli
The wedges were perfectly cooked being crunchy on the outside and filling and smooth on the inside.I wasn't entirely sold on the aioli, but it was certainly unique in its sweetness and flavour, and I'll admit a plain garlic aioli would have been quite boring. 

All the dishes we  tried certainly had a heaping of flavor - they're not shy here.

Their cocktails were not shy either:

The Last Word (?) + Airline Controversies
These were strong. No masking the alcohol flavour with syrupy sweetness here. I didn't make a note of what M ordered (boo), but both cocktails were tasty and fun. And with my alcohol tolerance being almost nothing these days, got me quite tipsy, just in time to marvel at dessert.

Because, look at it.

Strawberry Ice Cream Crunch Bar Bites - Pistachio, Cookie Crumb, Strawberry Rose Preserves
Oh this dessert was divine.

Strawberry Ice Cream Crunch Bar Bites - Pistachio, Cookie Crumb, Strawberry Rose Preserves
The almost sickly sweetness of the preserve was offset by the cool velvet of the ice-cream, and the salty rich crunch of the pistachios. What a beautiful presently, fun, brash yet classy dessert. Love from first bite to last. 

By the time we left, the nightclub vibe was taking over, so we made our exit. Not before taking in once last view of the Chicago streets though.

A fun ambiance, creative food and drinks, and excellent service. What else could you ask for? Just make sure to come for an early dinner if you want a dining experience rather than a clubbing experience.

ROOF on theWit
201 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Mon - Fri 2:00pm - 2:00am, Sat 2:00pm - 3:00am, Sun 2:00pm - 10:00pm

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