Japonais by Morimoto in Chicago offers a seamless blend of Japanese and Western cuisine that celebrates the vibrant essence of the Asian culture.
The restaurant, which is located in River North, is a dynamic dining experience due to the culinary creativity of critically acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto, and upholds some of the freshest fish and shellfish options in the city. Speciality dishes include the Toro Tartare, which is served cold, with wasabi nori paste, avocado and sour cream; the Marimoto Sashimi, which is seared toro, smoked salmon, eel, tuna, Hamachi and fives sauces; and the Wagyu Surg & Turf, a 12oz American wagyu new York strip and whole roasted lobster masala.
Chef Marimoto, who is known as the star of Japanese television show Iron Chef and the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, has garnered acclaim for his restaurants in Philadelphia, New York, Napa, Honolulu, Boca Raton, Mumbai, New Delhi and Mexico City. He also produced an award-winning cookbook entitled, ‘Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking’.
The newly designed space, by Jeffery Beers International, features an elevated sushi bar, on which sushi cases display a breathtaking view of some of the freshest fish and shellfish options in the city. The Blue Room and Garden Terrace, which were opened in May this year, add to the restaurant’s modern and sophisticated feel. The Blue Room features local and national artists’ work in a revolving gallery which changes every couple of months.
Exclusive private tasting rooms, which can accommodate parties from eight to 24, fill the romantic space separated from the dining room, along with a lounge area and a shochu and sake bar. The bar also features Chef Morimoto’s own line of shochu, sake and craft beers, as well as the largest selection of Japanese whiskey in Chicago.
For more information visit www.japonaismorimoto.com/