Milwaukee has a new “shareable plate” hotspot and it’s name is All Purpose Bar & Kitchen. This was my first visit to Milwaukee and I landed in Walker’s Point among a mecca of new fabulous restaurants! The outside of All Purpose was unassuming and almost invisible hiding the modern, cool space inside. Their menu portrays dishes from all around the globe in a fun and eclectic collection of shareable plates. The only problem we encountered was how to make a decision on what to try when everything on the menu looked so appealing!
Our first dish was Dates prepared with gorgonzola, bacon, red pepper and molasses. Although it sounded like something ordinary that you might have had before, their preparation and attention to the ingredients made it something much different and truly phenomenal!
One of my hidden obsessions is for Chao Siu Bao or Pork Buns. So that was our next selection. Much to my surprise, they came deconstructed with pickled jalapeño, kohlrabi and hoisin bbq sauce. Very different than what I had imagined, and very delicious!
The next one was a double yum…Seared Scallops – how they got them so crisp and nicely seared yet still tender and moist is still a mystery. They were served over fried apple puree with a fennel salad and apple gastrique. The compliment of apple flavor for this dish was nothing short of genius!
Our last three dishes were (from left to right): Crab Ravioli with red pepper cream, cherry tomato and fresh tarragon. Duck Breast with ginger risotto and fig bbq sauce. Chitarra (chitarra means guitar and consequently it is a wooden contraption that cuts the pasta by the strings which give the noodles a special texture) with shrimp, chorizo, garlic, green olives and tomato. All three dishes were quite delicious. For my personal preference, I found the Chitarra and Duck Breast dishes to be a little heavy handed on the salt.
Our server, Ben, was attentive and helpful ensuring an enjoyable evening. The restaurant chef/partner has another restaurant in the area called Crazy Water which also garners great reviews. Along with her chef de cuisine, Daniel Pope, they are definitely creating magic in their kitchen!