On the first night of Dining Out Week, we drove out to Vie in Western Springs to eat their Chef's Week Menu. Vie is located at 4471 Lawn Avenue in Western Springs, and its website is http://www.vierestaurant.com/.
After a slight mishap in finding the place and a detour to two pet stores looking for a new wheel for Chipotle the chinchilla, we finally got there. Upon walking in, I noticed the long, black granite bar to the right, which looked pretty sweet. As we proceeded past that, there was an elevated dining section to our left that had about 3-4 tables in it. We snaked through the restaurant to get to our table. It was at this point I noticed that I thought something was a little bit off about the design. Some of the tables were on wheels and looked like they should have been in some corporate board room, and others were normal restaurant tables with tablecloths. Further, some of the tables had "spotlight" lights hanging over them. Normally I would have paid this no mind, but no more than 4 feet away from these lights were other old-fashioned crystal lights hanging on the walls. The whole thing seemed very odd to me. Then again, I wasn't going to an interior decorating convention, so none of this really matters at all.
They brought us our menus, and to my delight, they had added an option for each course (except dessert) to choose from. I looked at the menu online earlier in the day, and it only showed one option for each of the three courses, so I was a little concerned about being locked into one path of choices, which to me feels a bit like communism (and despite what your presid.... ok, I'll stop there). Anyway, for completeness and to satiate one of my many quirks (I hate ordering the same thing as anyone else), we each ordered different dishes. We also opted for the wine pairing to go along with it.
Before we got to our first courses; however, they brought us out a little amuse that I of course forgot to take a picture of. It was a grilled shrimp with avocado and some sort of lemon sauce on it. The shrimp was beautifully grilled but not overdone, and it had a lovely smoky taste to it. The avocado rounded it out with its vegetal creaminess, and the lemon sauce cut through it all to make it a delightful single bite.