“Tasting menu” and “casual date night” aren’t typically phrases people use in the same sentence. But Oxalis, a prix fixe ($60) spot in Prospect Heights, serves a six-course set menu in an environment that feels surprisingly low-key. The menu changes nightly, but the dishes we’ve tried - like a rich and crispy duck breast with yogurt and fig, and a goat milk ice cream with amaranth and honey - have been both enjoyable and unlike anything else we’ve tasted recently. And despite the precise plating and unusual ingredients, the open kitchen, friendly servers, and fairly loud music keep this place from feeling stuffy. If you don’t want to commit to the tasting menu, you can always order a la carte in the bar room in the back.
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