There is no question that House 406 is a hidden gem for most of the North Shore residents—and is rapidly becoming the next hot spot for a date night around town. In an intimate setting, personalized service and a friendly and cozy atmosphere, House 406 might take you by surprise with their buttery steaks, unique deserts, not to mention their specialty crafted cocktails—pushing the envelope with cocktail mixology.
Owners Jennifer Eisen (formerly chef Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat and Little Goat’s right hand woman) and partner chef Eloin Amador opened their farm-to-table restaurant this past summer and feature, fresh, locally sourced and seasonal dishes and are constantly adding new inspiring and delicious items to the menu.
When we were there in early spring, we started off with their Duck Confit & Potato Hash Cakes with frisee salad and a sunny side quail egg in a spicy plum sauce and the Spicy Bigeye Tuna Tartar Stack with avocado, pickled jalapenos and red onion and tortilla strips. One of the salads that you must get is their Shredded Brussels with honey-crisp apple, fennel, feta, hazelnuts and honey-orange vinaigrette. Now since this is an American Steakhouse, steaks are a true specialty whether you choose the 8oz Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon with pickled and spiced winter vegetables with celery root puree and baby beets or the 6oz Filet Mignon with 4oz Grilled Lobster Tail in a red wine demi and lemon beurre blanc with grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes. Another favorite includes their Whole-Grain Mustard Crusted Lamb Rack with porcini and dried fruit Israeli couscous in a balsamic glaze.
The cocktails were exquisite and we enjoyed learning that the unique recipes are all made from scratch in house. The New York Delhi was a unique combination of gin, pineapple, curry nectar all with a hint of barbeque flavoring. The Good Hunting, another enticing pick—features bonded rye, carpano antica, applejack, drambuie and, of course, smoke.
Don’t leave without trying at least a few things off of their unique dessert menu like the Churros Bread Pudding featured in a salted caramel sauce, Black Dog Gelato’s Mexican Hot Chocolate Gelato that brings a nice spicy kick to finalize your meal. The Chocolate & Peanut Butter Lava Cake featured malted vanilla bean gelato, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cuts in a Peanut Butter sauce.
For a unique evening out featuring highly creative dishes, cocktails and desserts, visit House 406 at 1143 1/2 Church St Northbrook, IL. Reservations can be on opentable.com or by calling the restaurant at 847-714-0200.