Japonais by Morimoto

If you have heard the news – for sure you are excited about Chef Morimoto’s collaboration with local favorite Japonais, soon to be “Japonais by Morimoto,” opening later this year,  after redesign to the space.

This video from our wine and spirits gurus at Tenzing Wine & Spirits really shows the excitement we are feeling for our hometown, especially when Chef Morimoto threw out the first pitch at the White Sox game a few weeks ago.

Watch the video: Chicago Welcomes Chef Morimoto

Read about it: Crains Chicago Business

Video by Banner Collective.

In the mean time – you can still enjoy Japonais’ signature dishes, like The Rock – thinly sliced marinated New York Strip, cooked on a hot rock presentation.  So get it while it is HOT ;)


Chitarra + Chicken = Classic

One weekend date night brought us to The Bristol, a true Chicago classic. You can always find your favorite dishes on the menu, and also have a chance to try Chef Pandel’s seasonal specials – and start off with a great cocktail. We could not turn down the Smoked Sicilian Manhattan – which is a rich and sexy cocktail crafted with bourbon, averna and regan’s orange no. 6. And the music is pretty good too.


I love this dish – one of my favorites of all time – chitarra with snail bolognese, soft herbs, and breadcrumbs. The pasta was perfectly cooked with great bite and the breadcrumbs give it the extra crunch.


Speaking of crunch the spaetzle in the Millers Farm Roasted Half Chicken makes me crazy it is so delicious. Chicken done really well is hard to come by – but this dish is obviously made with lots of love and attention.

Follow owner John Ross for updates on what they are serving at The Bristol and also Balena. Good stuff!

Photo Credit: John Ross, The Bristol