29 E 1st St, Hinsdale, IL 60521Add Hours
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10/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have a friend who worked at Flight with the Chef (who seems to write her own reviews all the time), we were shocked to see her here. She's been canned at place after place for being a miserable person to be around. The staff gets screamed at, they know she's nuts, and basically ruins the feel of a nice place. You can feel her bad karma a mile away. The food's OK, the bread puddings good (a little heavy though) but nothing to write about here. I'll be back when this restaurant realizes what other places have...
Embrace has food that is respectable, but far from resplendant. Zak's Place too is very ordinary.
I would personally like a REAL RESTAURANT like Tallgrass in Hinsdale. Tallgrass is truly excellent.
By the way the manager at Embrace is a condescending, self-loating, rude idiot. And Zak at Zak's place is a sycohophantic fool, who thinks greeting every one at the door will make his restaurnant great... i don't think so.. first get a chef who has some creativity and veratility in the kitchen.
Hinsdale is a dining nightmare!
I was shocked to see that someone has made the mistake of bringing this chef to their establishment. I met Chef Maya at one of her previous places of employment (which are many) and made one comment about my meal, only to be berrated and embarrassed in front of my quests.
Chef Maya is arrogant and condascending. Qualities that are not justified by her cooking abilities.
10/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The new chef Maya Rotman-Zaid is an amazing new culinary up and coming super star. She has started a total transformation of the dinning experience at Embrace. When I heard Chef Maya was coming I was so excited. I have eaten her food at multiple different places and it is always a treat. I can't wait for the relaunch to see what culinary delights Chef Maya has thought up. Oh, and make sure to get there while there is still plenty of her bread pudding because it is really special.
10/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love embrace, their food and desserts are awsome. I went there for dinner last night. It was a little slow, but I don't know why. The menus are great, the atmosphere is great, the people are nice. I really don't know why this place isn't on Chicago's Top 10 list.
I had a great meal starting with their fancy fries (crispy fries topped with parmesane cheese and some herbs, served with 3 dipping sauces, honeymustard was my favorite) and then I had the Embrace salad (mixed greens, green goddess dressing, hearts of palm, asparagus and red peppers) and for my entree I picked their special scallops (4 large scallops served over celeryroot puree and some red and yellow sauces). The plates were beautiful, the food tasted good. I had 1 glass of white with my scallops and I had a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon (2 Brothers, something about the winemakers donating to breast cancer research and something about the restaurant matching that).
The people seemed very attentive and helpful. The manager came to the table and make sure I was ok. And then the chef came out to make sure I had enjoyed myself. She seemed so excited about the change that is happening at the restaurant. She said that she is very new there and they are going to give the restaurant the life and heart that seems to have gone away. She offered me her special bread pudding (white chocolate and butterscotch topped with caramel and a vanilla sauce) that she says you can't miss. I have to say, it makes you all warm inside. I was SOOOOO full, but I just kept eating. I had a nice glass of champagne to finish the evening and off I went.
I am so excited I decided to stop in. I can't wait to go back. The chef said they are going to do all kinds of new items for the menu and all kinds of special stuff.
I'm sooooooooooooo excited. I can't wait....""
05/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
was at Embrace recently, and their space is excellent...i only wish the food was as good. Embrace should also make up its mind as to whether it's a boutique or it's a restaurant. All the clothing distracts from the degustatory experience. In terms of cuisine, embrace seems fairly competent, but their consistency isn't quite there, and, as yet, they deliver decent food, but do not dazzle, like, Salbute did. Hinsdale really is boring, with no destination spots anymore. Zak's is another that is respectable, but nothing to write home about. We need a vie or a courtright's level restaurant in town again. Salbute, COME BACK!
04/08/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Intimate seating within a loungy, club feel, Embrace offers the perfect place for a night out with friends or just for two. The menu is a culinary treat, and the live music on weekend nights adds to a memorable experience. Finally, a welcomed hot spot for the western suburbs.
03/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This beautiful little restaurant in downtown Hinsdale is utterly charming. The staff is wonderful, the food is fresh and beautifully presented. Everything from soups to salads, entrees to desserts, has been wonderul. My personal favorites are the corvina (a type of sea bass), free range chicken, and the amazing creme brulee. And to top it all off you can pick up some fun (albeit expensive) fashion finds on the way out. Best new restaurant in the Western Suburbs!!