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post #1246 of 1367
I LOVE Primehouse... would recommend Arami over GT. Saw Sarah the Top Chef runner up there last weekend... as an aside.

Sunday Brunch -

Bongo Room (south loop)
Furama or Phoenix for dim sum in China Town
Bacon and Eggs on Lincoln (never been, but the girl I'm currently dating says it's a hit)
Flo
Bite Cafe
Tavern on Rush (one of my favorites, actually - eggs lola rocks, and it's a perfect place for a sunday funday)
Mcgees or Duffys for great bar brunches
The Bristol
post #1247 of 1367
Ron you forgot the best brunch in the city. FRUIT SUSHI aka frushi at Orange!!!!
post #1248 of 1367
I have never liked Orange.
post #1249 of 1367
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I have never liked Orange.
laugh.gif My brunch there wasn't bad, but the frushi is so facepalm.gif and lolworthy.
post #1250 of 1367
never got the chance to hit many of these places, with Chicago having an INSANE St. Paddys' day weekend, it was kind of where the rest of my group was going.

Did go to Hot Doug's...loved it. got some exotic hot dogs and stumbled one night into Lou Malnati's, which I am still drooling about.

Also ate at Hub 51 (grilled cheese sandwhich) and EPIC (just fish tacos) while drinking, both were very good. Sunday brunch we ended up at Shaw's for their seafood brunch buffett, which was really good. Ate a bunch of oysters and drank bloody marys. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

did a family dinner at Joy Yee noodle house which wasn't bad, pretty grubbing asian food family style.

I'm definitely going back to chicago again soon, I was really impressed with the city and loved the vibe and people. everything is bookmarked on my yelp app so next time!.
post #1251 of 1367
So I made it to Balena. Really enjoyed it. Cocktails are a little pricey, but the food is very reasonable.

Had - Zingerman's Burratta with Roasted Beets, char-grilled quail over escarole, pizza with spicy salami, tomato &mozzarella, and rabbit loin stuffed with rabbit sausage. Dessert was vanilla gellatto with cookies and malty chocolate sauce.

They are using the whole Landmark space, which is HUGE. Also did a very soft launch, so it was not too difficult to get in.
post #1252 of 1367
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I'd be interested if you feel like writing up some reviews of the places you went to on this trip. I haven't been eating as much Japanese food lately as I probably should.

Seizan (Haruyama)—Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
http://seizan-mita.com/
http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1307/A130702/13127807/

Seizan is a kappo restaurant that opened last summer, manned by Haruhiko Yamamoto, in his early thirties, with seemingly 10+ years working at places in the country with which I’m not familiar. Apparently the same Kanji can be Seizan or Haruyama, so I guess that’s how it got the name. It’s a pretty streamlined setup—8 or so counter seats, a private room, and a few tables off to the side, and just Yamamoto and three assistants in the kitchen, and also doubling as servers, busboys and dishwashers. There’s absolutely no English spoken, but not in a standoffish way, and I was able to get by with knowledge of Japanese pleasantries and some food terms, which I think helped a lot not only to figure out what the hell it was that we were eating, but also built some rapport with the cooks. In fact, I will give some credit to SF here—they were struggling to describe a cylindrical, rhubarb-like vegetable, and

They have three dinner options at 7,000/10,000/15,000 JPY, and I think 4,000 and 6,000 JPY options at lunch, though I’m not sure what those contain. We went with the 15,000 JPY menu, which I’ve reproduced below to the best of my ability.

Ebi with grated mountain yam, dashi jelly, spring herbs
Tai Soup with Tai Collar and Bamboo Shoot
Sashimi (Tai, Ika, Ankimo, Salmon)
Abalone with herbs, sizzling rice
Broiled Anago with young leeks, fiddleheads, some other spring greens
Grilled Wagyu with leeks and wasabi
Grated potato with fish roe
Simmered Shirako, lotus root croquette, lima beans, fuki
Rice with Uni and Bamboo shoots
Strawberries with Mascarpone
Fancy Orange Juice

I will save the evaluation using the six criteria of gastroville for another time, but I’ll highlight a few of the best dishes.

Abalone

This was highly theatrical and delicious. First they bring out what I can best describe as a glowing hot ceramic pipe with small depression (maybe five ounces) in it. They follow with a small dish of mountain herbs, a few pieces of abalone, and its liver. They then have you pour the lot into the dish and stir for a while. After about a minute, you take out the abalone meat, and mix in a sizzling rice cake to absorb the sauce. As you eat the meat it the rice develops a bit of “soccorat” so it’s a nice change up from the abalone’s texture.

Wagyu

It doesn’t get much simpler, but this was great quality, buttery meat done on their grill, which is theatrically set up behind a window directly as you walk in the door. I liked the way the meat was cooked, which to my understanding, was done technically perfectly by Japanese standards—an even gradient of doneness around the cubes.

Dessert

This was great mainly because the quality of fruit was so good (actually even the fruit we had at the hotels was pretty good), but here moreso. This was nice and light at the end of a pretty large meal—all of the cooking was at a high level, but I would imagine as time go on they will improve things like the pacing and flow of portion sizes (I suppose I could have just taken home more rice however).

The glass of very sweet, low acidity orange juice was a nice touch at the end, and an idea that I will probably steal.

Highly Recommended

Found this picture of the abalone rice, pre mixing.
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Edited by ehkay - 3/23/12 at 4:13am
post #1253 of 1367
hah, that is crazy. like 2 blocks from my house, it's looking down on Ramen Jiro, right?
post #1254 of 1367
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hah, that is crazy. like 2 blocks from my house, it's looking down on Ramen Jiro, right?

Don't think so. It's in the basement of a nondescript building.

You look down onto this from the street.

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post #1255 of 1367
I zoomed the map, Ramen Jiro (famous for ramen, that one is the original/HQ) is around the bend, it's the triangular building. Kind of interesting location for a kappou place like that, I should try it. Never even heard of it before but it has a good rating on tabelog, it looks like.
post #1256 of 1367
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I zoomed the map, Ramen Jiro (famous for ramen, that one is the original/HQ) is around the bend, it's the triangular building. Kind of interesting location for a kappou place like that, I should try it. Never even heard of it before but it has a good rating on tabelog, it looks like.

Yea the person I got the tip from noted that it was rising meteorically on tabelog. I'll go out on a limb and predict a visit from bibendum in the fall.

Might not have seen the ramen shop because we got kind of lost on the way (took the wrong fork in the road out of the subway station and had to stop in Lawson's or whatever to have them point us in the right direction) and ended up coming the far way down the street that it's on.
post #1257 of 1367
So the Umami Burger chain opened Umamicatessen next to the Orpheum theater a couple of weeks ago, and I got to try it out early Friday evening when it was relatively empty, and was pretty disappointed. Vibe is pretty much d-bag bar with some food, which isn't very good. I had their country pate sandwich and some pork cracklins. The sandwich was fine, but nothing special, and the cracklins tasted stale. It's apparently been quite packed, and I saw some line ropes out front, presumably for the crowds when they arrive later.
post #1258 of 1367
Which part of the name didn't scream douchebag?
post #1259 of 1367
I'm a sucker for puns, I guess. Also, I didn't think the garment district in LA would have that kind of place.
post #1260 of 1367
I went to NoMad on Monday for lunch. I like it a lot. It is great space. Will have to go back for dinner.

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/gracious-dining-alive-and-well-at-nomad/
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