First Look: R I Restaurant

Fine dining is a visual experience as well as a taste delight at the new R I Restaurant. Pictured: the dry-aged duck breast.

By Karla Walsh

While he grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, and honed his culinary chops at Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago and Denver, it’s clear chef Jacob Demars has finally found his home in Windsor Heights. R I Restaurant, named after his hometown and his current home in Iowa, opened in mid-September in the former Baru 66 space.

The menu takes inspiration from both of the aforementioned locales and the season’s best ingredients, and sprinkles in a little of molecular gastronomy and a lot of texture. Word on the street is that Demars plans to launch tasting menus, which I can’t wait to make a return visit to try, but I suggest visiting soon before these harvest-inspired dishes disappear from the menu for the season:

  • Starter: Sweet corn soufflé with corn puree, spicy flatbread cracker, lime bubbles and cilantro.
  • Main: Dry-aged duck breast featuring roasted butternut squash puree, millet salad with ginger and pear, and poached Belgium endive.
  • Dessert: Apple-vanilla custard with an apple pie core and white chocolate coating.

R I Restaurant is at 6587 University Ave., Windsor Heights; rirestaurant.com

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