Goldmoor Inn’s intimate, fine-dining restaurant has always been a staple of this Galena bed-and-breakfast, but with the addition of new Executive Chef Brandon Veitch, the dishes have been elevated to new levels.
“Brandon brings the creativity and the complexity of the dishes up one notch, and the food is really sophisticated,” says Slobo Radin, who co-owns the Goldmoor with his wife, Birgit. “When people sit down and go through the menu, they often order one item to share so everyone at the table can taste the goodness of the food. It’s really amazing.”
Veitch, whose experience includes French and Italian styles, came to the Goldmoor after more than five years at The Peninsula Chicago.
Under Veitch, Goldmoor’s menu is simple, yet complex.
The fall menu features a hearty combination of dishes that warm the heart and feed the soul with ingredients supplied by local farms.
This season, diners can enjoy Chilean Sea Bass served with rosemary marble potatoes, roasted parsnip, pickled squash and salmon roe. Handmade Squash Agnolotti has brown butter cream, butternut squash, chevre cheese, walnut and pomegranate.
If you’re looking for something lighter, check out the Kale and Brussels sprouts salad with pomegranate seed, green apple, gorgonzola cheese, candied walnut and apple-serrano dressing.
Making the experience even more exceptional, diners are treated to breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. Fall colors and snow-covered trees add to a picturesque scene.
“It’s just a really beautiful place,” says Radin. “You have to venture out and see how beautiful this place really is.”
The restaurant is open Thursday to Monday from 5-9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. ❚
Goldmoor Inn is located at 9001 W. Sand Hill Road, Galena, (815) 777-3925, goldmoor.com.