Our next review has us tasting the food from the Oaxacan region of Mexico served right in Chicago. Kie-Gol-Lanee looks small and dark on the outside, but it’s warm and inviting in the inside. Upon entering, we were immediately greeted by the delicious smells and sounds of Spanish music.
Inside the restaurant, it can be described as busy with most tables already occupied. Our meal started with the complimentary basket of corn tortilla chips and bean dip. While the chips at most restaurants are quite salty, these had very little salt – which made them less flavorful, but also healthier. For the main course we ordered the Pollo con mole rojo tamales (tamales containing red mole with chicken) and the Gallinitas Al Horno (roasted chicken covered in a rich mole sauce and sesame seeds with rice). The wait time for the food is their main flaw because it took about 30 minutes. However, the taste of the food itself and how it was presented was worth the wait. Instead of the tamales being wrapped in corn husk leaves, the tamales were wrapped in plantain leaves, allowing them to hold a more moist and tender tamale inside. It had a herbal flavor that was rich with a nice texture from the corn meal. The mole sauce for the chicken was very savory and a bit sweet – VERY delicious!
The restaurant is indeed small and wait time for the food will be longer than expected, but if you have the patience it is certainly worth the wait. The mom and pop restaurant should be a stop on everyone’s tour through Chicago.