We wandered into the huge crowd in Chow Town looking for our next eat. We noticed banh mi on the menu for The Gage & Henri and decided to try out this fancy-fancy take on one of our favorite Vietnamese food items.
The Henri Banh Mi was a shrimp sandwich filled with poached shrimp, crunchy slaw, jalapeno, pickle, and covered with a Sriracha mayo. The pieces of shrimp were huge and so perfectly uniform. The sandwich was definitely very tasty. The bread was crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. The Sriracha mayo was just about right and didn’t overpower the shrimp. This $10 banh mi is probably the most I’ve ever paid for a Vietnamese sandwich, but considering it’s at Lollapalooza and I’m ordering from a $$$ restaurant, I was not too heart broken. The sandwich was delicious and filling too.
Here’s a couple more snapshots of the Shrimp Banh Mi.
The Gage & Henri are actually two restaurants located next door to each other. Their menu features French-inspired dishes with contemporary American elements by Executive Chef Dirk Flanigan. Henri, which is named for the architect Louis Henri Sullivan, is all fine dining, while The Gage, is a gastro pub/tavern serving upscale comfort foods.
The other items on their menu for Lollapalooza were more like fancy, pub food. It included The Gage Scotch Egg, a hard boiled egg rolled in sausage, deep fried, served with mustard, and Pork Rinds with Vadouvan Curry, a large bag of pork rinds seasoned with sweet, aromatic French curry blend.