We had a very nice meal here last week. I loved the cozy space and service (provided by Ben) could not have been more friendly or helpful.
Food-wise, the meal was just about flawless. Oysters and Smelts were excellent. The Chawanmushi with radishes and crab was a decadent flavor-bombing showstopper. Even though we split the Tonkotsu ramen 4 ways, the small portion I tried left me wanting more. I also thought the Okonomiyaki was the best expression I've had in Chicago. Delicious house pickles, a turbo-charged miso soup and a bitter greens salad that came with the dry-aged duck (a pre-ordered special that was offered via email) were also excellent. The only hiccup was the duck itself. Unfortunately, it was cooked a bit longer than we would have liked, with only the slightest dot of pink left in the center of the breast meat. So, even though the skin was well-rendered and crispy, and the breast was still moist, the meat itself tasted pretty livery. We ate most of it, left some behind and intentionally didn't mention it at the time because we didn't anyone to make a fuss over it.
A trio of desserts, one comped by the house, were well-struck, sweet counterpoints to the rest of the meal. Can wait to go back and have a go at a bunch of other items on the menu that looked great but for which we just didn't have room this time around.
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