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New (or unheralded) kaiseki?

New (or unheralded) kaiseki?
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    Post #1 - October 30th, 2018, 10:50 am
    Post #1 - October 30th, 2018, 10:50 am Post #1 - October 30th, 2018, 10:50 am
    I'm looking to surprise the Lovely Dining Companion for her birthday and it occurred to me that we haven't done a great kaiseki meal in some time. So I spent some time looking through relatively recent posts but came up empty. We've had some wonderful kaiseki in Chicago over the years but I'm stumped when it comes to finding a new (or unheralded--or even simply overlooked) place. Any suggestions? (FWIW, something like the recently written-about Omakase Yume won't work because the LDC is not a raw seafood eater; on a few occasions she's had to have substitutes for those courses.) Thanks.
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #2 - October 30th, 2018, 11:41 am
    Post #2 - October 30th, 2018, 11:41 am Post #2 - October 30th, 2018, 11:41 am
    Izakaya Mita has incredibly delicious non sushi stuff and creative specials and they're super nice - you might be able to arrange a birthday multi course menu?
  • Post #3 - October 30th, 2018, 4:50 pm
    Post #3 - October 30th, 2018, 4:50 pm Post #3 - October 30th, 2018, 4:50 pm
    I'd call it omakase rather than kaiseki -- there are no kaiseki restaurants in Chicago. But I digress. Have you been to Oriole? That would be my choice. Incredible food, incredible service.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

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  • Post #4 - October 30th, 2018, 8:37 pm
    Post #4 - October 30th, 2018, 8:37 pm Post #4 - October 30th, 2018, 8:37 pm
    Momotaro can put together a multi-course Japanese menu for you without raw fish
  • Post #5 - October 31st, 2018, 5:41 am
    Post #5 - October 31st, 2018, 5:41 am Post #5 - October 31st, 2018, 5:41 am
    Thanks all. As it happens, we've been to all three named places. My fondest recollection of a kaiseki meal here was Matsumoto, many years ago. I wrote it up for LTH and it remains here, somewhere. I do mean an "authentic" kaiseki, however, and I fear, as BR suggested, that there is no such animal around. Maybe there's a hole-in-the-wall in Arlington Heights (or somewhere else), but I suspect that I may have trouble locating one in Chicago.
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #6 - October 31st, 2018, 9:16 am
    Post #6 - October 31st, 2018, 9:16 am Post #6 - October 31st, 2018, 9:16 am
    It's not kaiseki, but Daruma in Schaumburg has a daily specials menu with a lot of unique non-fish options. Here's a picture of the specials menu from about a year ago.

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  • Post #7 - October 31st, 2018, 9:59 am
    Post #7 - October 31st, 2018, 9:59 am Post #7 - October 31st, 2018, 9:59 am
    Here's a Tribune article from last month describing a new Kaiseki experience at Kitsune:
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-food-kitsune-launches-kaiseki-dinners-0914-story.html

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