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DineSite: Japonais Chicago

600 West Chicago Avenue
@ The Chicago River
Chicago, IL

Website: http://www.japonaischicago.com/ 
Cuisine: Contemporary Japanese American
Review: 18/20


Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
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Atmosphere - The atmosphere is electric with high energy. The Red Room is a more formal elegant setting. The Green Room is intimate eclectic elegance with numerous varied dining settings surrounded by stylish architecture and design. The expansive room with high ceilings broken segregated into several seating areas allows for a degree of intimacy for each group. Some diners are relegated to backless low cushion stools that are primitive at best, less than comfortable and crowded into the aisle space.
Atmosphere - 4.5/5

Food - The menu is contemporary Japanese fused with American. There is a broad selection of entrees with creative, stylish, imaginitive presentations. Specialties include Kobe Prime Rib uni hollandaise, Kani Nigiri spicy baked king crab, Maple Leaf Smoked Duck house-smoked with hoisin sauce, mango chutney and mushu wraps. Other entree selections include feature selections including Seven Spice Kobe Prime Rib, Uni Hollandaise with Satsumaimo Pommes Frites; Teriyaki Salmon, Teriyaki Glazed Salmon with Rice Porridge and Bok Choy; Chestnut Chicken, Half Roasted Chestnut-Encrusted Chicken with Shitake Rice Stuffing and Ginger Lemon Sauce; Grouper, Steamed With Shrimp Shumai And Nameko Mushrooms, Spicy Sake Broth; and "Le Quack Japonais," Whole Maple Leaf Smoked Duck, Hoisin Sauce, Mango Chutney and Mushu Wraps. The filet of beef was superb highlighted by whipped potatoes that warranted an extra helping as a side dish. The lobster teryaki was uninspiring. An adequate selection of deserts are also imaginitive and stylishly presented. Food - 4.5/5

Wine - The wine-list is extensive and offers all tastes and price-points - predominantly American with French, there are also selections from Italy, Australian, Spain, New Zealand, Germany and Chile. There is an extensive Champagne list. There are half bottles and a selection of wines by the glass. High end rare vintage selections are but a few. Prices are moderate to high. The staff were gracious and accommodating of our BYOB selections with acceptable corkage fees of $25 and $35. Wine - 4.25/5

Service was professional, attentive, accommodating and hospitable with ample staff that were very customer focused.
Service - 4.5/5

Overall - 18/20

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