After reading some of the reviews here on tripadvisor I get kind of surprised. I'm really not sure of what some people are expecting of alinea.
For sure, Alinea is one of the very best restaurants on the planet and it happens to be located in Chicago. However, the restaurant has absolutely nothing to do with American cuisine or food traditions. But there it is, and oh boy they do know how to create a lovely experience (i.e. no big pieces of meat, not staff coming every minute asking if everything is great a very non American experience if you ask me, being european).
However, fantastic presentation, awesome precision, playful dished that challenges your imagination, your expectation and tastebuds. Everything we got tasted fantastic and was just perfect in its composition, but the plate with 60 tastes to combine with the lamb was just mind blowing.
Staff is knowledgeable and alert and enthustiastic of what they do.
And the price? It's a bargain for what they offer. I'd just prefer that they've been located in Barcelona or so, but I'll survive.