Okay, okay I admit, this is a couple of weeks overdue. But I promise it is well worth it. For my birthday this year, I really wanted to try out a new restaurant. Graham and I had both been dying to go to Delirio downtown Naperville for a while. It was one of those places we always said we wanted to try but never seemed to end up there. And so, Delirio was my birthday dinner of choice, with high hopes that we wouldn’t be disappointed.
After arriving promptly on time for our 6:30 reservation, we quickly realized that our reservation wasn’t necessary. Although it was a dreary, rainy night, we were both surprised to find the restaurant nearly empty. Even after a couple of amazing cocktails and a bunch of different small plates, we remained stumped as to why the restaurant wasn’t busier. However, slowly, a few more groups made there was in, and we assume it must have just been a slow night. I can’t imagine why this place wasn’t packed, becasue everything was amazingly unique. Delirio has definitely set themselves apart from the typical upscale Naperville restaurant.
We were happy to hear that Thursday’s special features craft cocktails for only $8. My favorite was the Hibiscus Margarita, both sweet and refreshing. Plus it had tequila. You can’t go wrong with tequila in my book. Although he went for whiskey instead of tequila, Graham had an awesome drink as well with smoke infused ice which was prepared at our table. Their entire craft cocktail menu is filled with interesting concoctions.
Our meal was just as intriguing as our cocktails. We started off with a Charcuterie Board including a variety of meats along with crostini, pickled mushrooms, onions and pomegranate seeds. After the board, we got the Roasted Bone Marrow, deliciously flavored with a pear oxtail chutney and served with crostini. It was amazing. Definitely a must try at Delirio. We then went for the Crab Cake Empanadas, served with a citrus salad and smoked tomato aioli. These were packed with super fresh crab and paired well with the citrus salad that lightened up the breaded flaky empanada.
Next up, the Manchego Cheese Fondue.. holy cheese! Topped with Spanish chorizo and sofrito, with blue corn tortilla chips, this was pure cheesy goodness. The addition of the chorizo and sofrito added the perfect amount of dimension and texture to the gooey Manchego cheese. We ordered the cheese along with Scallop Ceviche, a much lighter dish with tomatillo salsa, radish, pickled mushrooms, and fish chicharron. Finally, we ended our dinner with a special Birthday treat, churros with a lemon curd sauce. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the churros had an extra kick to them, with spice added to the breading. So different, yet so good!
Thanks to Delirio, I had an amazing Birthday dinner. Graham and I both can’t wait to return and try out even more drinks and dishes. You’ve gotta check it out!