Machine Engineered Dining & Drink Overview
The restaurant stormed onto the Chicago restaurant scene in 2019 and combines the two concepts of a flower shop and a restaurant in one. It was one of the 10 most anticipated restaurants to open in Chicago and it is easy to see why. It is easily one of the best-designed places in Chicago and I featured it in my post on the 10 Best indoor Instagram Spots in Chicago.
Three uniquely decorated dining rooms make up the space of the restaurant. You can choose between the dining experience of a small European town right next to a flower shop,
or a classy and modern American restaurant,
or a luxurious dining hall with blue suede chairs, chandeliers, and walls covered in white roses.
Whatever mood you are in, you are sure to find the right dining experience for you.
The heart of Machine Engineered Dining & Drink are the two bars. I'm not sure if they have official names, but I call them the ballerina bar and the library bar.
The ballerina bar is the light marble counter bar decorated with a beautiful tulle skirt and floating leaves. In stark contrast, the second bar reminds me of a library with its green lamps and leather chairs.
No matter which bar you experience at Machine Engineered Dining & Drinks, you will have lots to look at in the exquisitely designed space.
The Flower Shop
Next to the European-style street cafe corner and the ballerina bar is the flower shop. (If you're anything like me and love flowers, this corner alone will make you very happy!) Their flower selection includes everything you could possibly wish for.
You can build your own bouquet by selecting your favorite flowers from the cart and have them arranged by the florist. (This is during the Florist hours only.)
Alternatively, if you'll be dining there late, you can order a pre-assembled featured bouquet which changes weekly. Lastly, if you're looking for something to go, the bottle & bouquet might be your choice which combines a bottle of wine with one of the featured bouquets - perfect for taking to any dinner party or celebration with someone special.
This gorgeous lace dress was gifted to me by Chicwish and makes the perfect spring cocktail party dress or bachelorette party dress for all brides.
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The Machine Engineered Dining and Drinks
The drinks served at Machine Engineered Dining & Drink are just as beautiful and thoughtful as the décor. After a quick chat with the bartender, we quickly decided that the Aviation is the drink of the hour - a very unusual drink choice for me, as I'm not a big gin fan. However, Machine Engineered Dining & Drink takes their Aviation to the next level by infusing gin with blue butterfly pea flower and lemongrass syrup. It is served with a dome made out of spun sugar which you crack with a little hammer.
The dome does not just serve as an eye-catcher, it is meant to be cracked with this little hammer. Once mixed with the drink, it enriches the flavor of the Aviation. I was ready to order another round! This was a really cool drink experience, and was fun to try. Although, I must say that I was nervous I was going to break the glass!
The Aviation is not the only spectacular drink on their menu. Machine Engineered Dining & Drink is just as inventive with their clear Bloody Mary's, Cage Old Fashioned, and their gin-based Breakfast at Tiffany's which is served in a diamond!
I met a friend for brunch at this unique restaurant and had a taste of their deliciously fresh and healthy power bowl with avocado dressing. To all my vegan and vegetarian friends, there are a few options on the menu which could also make your heart beat a little higher.
What started as a quick brunch with coffee, ended up being an hours long experience in this incredible space and has me wanting to go back ever since! You can see my experience on my Instagram stories here.
Next time you're looking for a unique place for brunch, a drink, or a place to make your own flower bouquet, check out Machine Engineered Dining & Drink. You will definitely be impressed!
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