It’s A Sign

Beginning with my magazine subscriptions when I was a teenager, I’ve long been intrigued with reading my horoscope. Whether it was farfetched or fate, I found ways to relate the extraterrestrial outlook to real life. So naturally, I thought it was a sign that I must try Gemini Bistro because the Lincoln Park restaurant shares the name with my own astrological sign.

Saturday night my husband and I and another couple tried this neighborhood bistro, which offers a tempting menu of soups, salads, fishes and meats in a noisy and dimly lit space. I was very pleased with large selection of starters and fish dishes, making my ordering decisions quite difficult.

To start, my friend and I shared the Beef Short Rib Ravioli with tomato marmalade, parmigiano and natural reduction; the men each ordered a Cesar Salad. The tender pulled beef and the rich brown butter sauce gave the ravioli a nice, rich flavor.

Beef Short Rib Ravioli

For dinner I had Swordfish Provencal with Roma tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers and sweet basil. Although the fish was prepared well, it was slightly dry, but the tomatoes helped provide some sauce.


The other entrees that were ordered include steak frites, roasted salmon, and free-range chicken. I sampled the chicken, which was moist and deliciously salty. I also managed to kill off the truffle-parm fries from my husband’s plate, however he did not recommend his hanger steak.

Free-range Chicken

Roasted Salmon

For dessert, we ordered Molten Chocolate Cake with white chocolate gelato and raspberry-passion fruit coulis. This is one of my favorite desserts to order at a restaurant. Even though the dessert is fairly common on bistro menu’s, it’s not always executed perfectly. This molten cake was fabulously chocolatey and oozy, and the cold gelato was a nice contrast to the warm dessert.

Molten Chocolate Cake

Although everything was really tasty, I don’t know if our Zodiac connection will be enough to have me running back. I’m glad we went to Gemini Bistro, because I love trying new spots; but with so many other places to go, this could be a “one and done”.  

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