Time Out Market Chicago has announced the opening of Valhalla, a dining concept by Chef Stephen Gillanders coming in September 2022. Valhalla will be the first-ever standalone restaurant located within the Market, offering a full-service dining experience.
“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Chef Stephen Gillanders with his concept Valhalla to Time Out Market Chicago—we continue to push boundaries to offer our guests a unique culinary and cultural experience,” said Time Out Market Chicago’s General Manager Robert LaPata.“Valhalla is an excellent addition to the already amazing culinary mix in our Market. At the core of what we do is to make fine-dining accessible within a casual environment. Valhalla by Chef Stephen—who you get to interact with in the open kitchen—takes this to a whole new level and we are proud to launch this exciting hospitality innovation together with him.”
Chef Stephen Gillanders has been fascinated with food since a young age, helping his Filipino grandmother prepare dishes and realizing when he was just 15 that he was meant to become a chef. His culinary career spans cutting his teeth with Jean-Georges Vongerichten; traveling the world to learn about international cuisine; and opening his first solo restaurant, S.K.Y. in Chicago.
Located on the Market's second floor, Valhalla is inspired by Norse mythology, the name Valhalla describes a heavenly, great hall where heroes partake in a grand feast. Given the restaurant’s location overlooking the main floor of the Market, the name’s symbolism takes a literal context.
Chef Stephen Gillanders said: “The evolution of dining is trending towards a common ground, in the middle. More casual restaurants and eateries are stepping up their game and cooking more mindfully, focusing on more responsible ingredients, dietary preferences and eating habits. Conversely, fine dining restaurants are becoming more casual and sprouting up in unexpected places. The best restaurant in the world, Geranium, is located in a soccer stadium, Kato opened in a strip mall in Los Angeles, Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare is in a grocery market, and Dave Beran opened Dialogue in the food court of a mall. Rather than looking at Valhalla as an unorthodox approach, I feel like this opportunity is part of a natural restaurant progression that we are already experiencing. I’m very excited to wrap my arms around the location of Time Out Market Chicago and capture the best of the market’s high energy in tandem with an upscale experience. Rather than saying, “I can’t do that because I’m in a market.” my ethos is, “I should absolutely do that because I’m in a market.”
Valhalla’s cuisine will consist of a balanced à la carte menu and the option of a chef’s tasting menu, allowing Gillanders to lead guests on a focused and personal culinary journey.
Valhalla’s menu will feature dishes such as: Seared Japanese Scallops with brown butter, bonito and enoki mushrooms; Dry Aged Lamb with berbere, fragrant tomato butter and artichoke; Chilled Kusshi Oysters, caviar tsuyu, finger lime, yuzu oil; Smoked Ricotta Cappelletti, sea urchin, quail egg, nori tuile, and more.
Valhalla will accommodate 66 guests, including the 14-seat chef’s counter. Guests will have the option to order from the full menu in the dining space and the counter. Valhalla will be open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are taken via Tock; however, a limited number of walk-ins will be available.