Monday, December 22, 2014

Gone Fishin’

Win at dinner with a gallon of seafood

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The seafood tower has long served as the international sign for “my meal is better than yours.”
 
Now, French-Asian fusion provides a new way to make adjacent tables jealous: the shellfish aquarium at Kabocha Japanese Brasserie, your personal food tank filled with lobster, oysters, scallops, king crab and prawns.
 
The aquarium arrives at your table in the dining room, illuminated by orb lanterns hanging from exposed rafters. So go ahead and turn the flash off — those orbs'll do the work for your Instagram documentation.

For a more intimate, yet-equally fishy experience, grab a stool at the 10-seat raw bar or marble main bar.
 
No matter where you dine, you'll find tasty options including rabbit & Thai basil dumplings, duck confit pot stickers, and Japanese BBQ steak. Still determined to steal the dinner show? Opt for the whole fried fish served with red rice ale tempura and fermented black bean chili sauce.
 
Toast to your dining superiority with a red rice sake, Japanese dark ale, or The Sour Plum, combining shochu, plum wine, Umeboshi and yuzu juice to create an exotic pairing that'll have you looking as good as your meal.

Just be careful with any lobster-backed #selfies. It's a dangerous habit.

Kabocha kabochachicago.com
952 W. Lake St. (at Morgan St.), West Loop
(312) 666-6214
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Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Green Line to Morgan-Lake
Scene: Fulton Market foodies scoping out chef Shin Thompson's latest dishes
Best bets: Waygu beef tartare; baby octopus salad; Japanese BBQ steak
Nearby: Vera; La Sirena Clandestina; The Aviary

Photo by Galdones Photography

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