3. Friends Sushi
After walking some more up Michigan Avenue, I decided to get a light dinner at Friends Sushi. It's about 6pm when I got there and lucky me - no line!! (As soon as I placed my order, there was a line already) It's a very small restaurant so reservation is highly recommended (unless you went there at an off-hour like I did and there is only 1-2 of you) A lot of people just do take out. Sushi is good and as long as you are not too hungry, prices are reasonable (no, I can't eat like I would at Sushi Para but the rolls here are different. This is also a "date-certified" restaurant - no, Sushi Para is definitely not a place you would take your first date...)
|Tobiko nigiri w/ quail egg and Summer roll|
Another RW venture, I actually had to make the reservation a month ahead because people in Chicago are just as food-crazed as I am... there are 2 prie fixe - 1 at $33 and the other at $44. It was a very good meal. No one needed dinner #2 but it wasn't as "french" as we hoped... haha~ I heard they are famous for their Sunday brunches as well. They are located right inside Sofitel so I guess if you are staying in the area, it would be a good choice! (I wonder when I can stay in Sofitel too for my business trips...)
|5-hr Braised Beef Short Ribs|
|Carpaccio of Hamachi|
|Stuffed and Braised Quail|
|14oz Prime Delmonico Steak|
|Sea Salt Braised Pave of Barramundi|
|Valrhona Caramelia Cremeux|
I am naturally attracted to these types of restaurants... in three words, dark, intimate, and fancy... it's pricey but I had a Groupon so it makes it a little bit better. Food was good and they do have an excellent wine list. My reservation was early enough I was actually able to street park right in front of the restaurant! Lucky!
I am also looking for the perfect St Patty's bar and I am dying for a real crawfish boil (so bad that I have considered flying to the south for the real deal) - so let me know if you have any recommendation!