Momotaro

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#3 of 21466 places to eat in Chicago
ClosedOpens at 17:00
Japanese, Sushi, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: $50-74
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820 W Lake St
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Discover new dishes of Japanese cuisine in the comfort of this restaurant. In accordance with the guests' opinions, waiters offer nicely cooked salmon nigiri, smoked salmon and spaghetti here. The chef at Momotaro cooks tasty ice cream, chocolate pie and chocolate custard. You will hardly forget good bourbon, prosecco or liqueur that you can order. Based on the visitors' opinions, waiters serve delicious matcha, lemonade or chocolate frappe.

Visit this place to celebrate any event or party. The atmosphere of hospitality of this spot highly depends on the staff, that is accommodating here. If you want to experience fabulous service, you should go to this restaurant. According to the reviewers' opinions, prices are attractive. You will definitely appreciate the calm atmosphere and divine decor. Momotaro is a Michelin selection and has 2 black knife-and-fork symbols: the experts state that this place offers supreme comfort.

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Matt B. and I had dinner with our friends Tristan C. and Brian G. last month, who left their brand-new baby with Brian's parents for the first time for the occasion. We went to Momotaro, and it was the perfect venue for a grown-up night on the town, a fun spot with stellar food and cocktails. The space was large and attractive, with the sort of trendy, modern decor that you find principally in high-end Japanese fusion restaurants that lean a little too hard into the Japanesey-ness of it all (Momotaro mostly avoids this, though I found it silly that the bar prices were listed very visibly in both dollars and yen). We were there from 5:45 to 8:15, and the atmosphere was vibrant and bustling the whole time. Service was great. Our waiter was friendly and took good care of us. Momotaro does some outstanding creative cocktails. I got the Yuki Onna--a lightly savory drink made with Broker's gin, Barolo Chinato, sumac, black mushroom, and lime--and the Smoky, Plumy, Boozy--a boozy mix of Peloton mezcal, pineapple rum, plum, bitters, and Chartreuse. Naturally, I also tried everyone else's. The Ki Street was an excellent citrusy whiskey drink with Knob Creek rye, vermouth, bitters di Torino, carob, and grapefruit. The Golden Tiger was sweet and milky, made with Ceres vodka, turmeric, pineapple, coconut milk, Vietnamese cinnamon, and caramelized sugar; the Monk's Journey Continued green and refreshing with Ketel One, aloe liqueur, matcha, lime, and mint. For a classic whiskey cocktail, I'd recommend the Kaba Old Fashioned with Evan Williams bourbon, Mars Iwai whiskey, turbinado sugar, and cherry bark and sarsaparilla bitters. We also shared a nice bottle of nigori sake from the broad, well curated sake menu. We ordered about a million things--most of the dishes were pretty dainty, but easy to split four ways--and they came at a steady, well-managed pace, about two to three plates at a time. Everything was delicious, not one dud in the mix. We got two cold dishes, both crudos, and these were splendid, with fresh, silky fish and thoughtful accompaniments. The maguro, sustainable Balfegó bluefin tuna, came with garlic shoyu, turnip, and puffed buckwheat. The buri, a fatty hamachi, came with shiro shoyu-yuzu vinaigrette, avocado, shiso, and aka kosho. A lot of the best items were simple grilled delicacies from the robatayaki. I could not believe how good the shiitake was, the plump, meaty mushrooms skewered with scallion, served with lemon and karashi mustard. Both of our yakitori skewers were tender and flavorful: the jidori chicken oysters with yuzu kosho and lemon; the negima, shiso-marinated chicken thigh with negi, togarashi, and lemon. The kohitsuji, or bone-in lamb chops, were juicy and beautifully grilled with some spicy miso. Beef tsukune "sliders" were cute and tasty, ground wagyu nestled in spongey bao buns with hot dog stripes of miso mustard. The Alaskan King crab was maybe my favorite dish of the night, a huge crab leg grilled with shiso ginger mayo, served with a wedge of lemon. The crab was immensely delicious, and there was a lot of sweet meat packed into that shell. We got some other miscellaneous hot plates, and these were all great, too. The scallop motoyaki was lovely, the scallop served in its shell with lemon miso, daikon, and a scallion bread crumb crust. The tsukune dango brought chicken dumpling with mochi rice, 63° egg, and karashi miso. The sake no teriyaki was a beautifully cooked piece of salmon served with shichimi oroshi, grilled shishito peppers, and precious clusters of ikura. Momotaro isn't a noodle joint, but it does have a spaghetti, which was absolutely irresistible. It came with spicy beef curry, scallion oroshi, and black garlic oil. I also liked the chahan, a stone bowl of beef fried rice with wild maitake and soft-poached egg. Half of the menu was devoted to sushi and sashimi--you could treat Momotaro like a sushi bar, though I do think you'd be missing the point of the place. We ordered a couple of rolls as well as some nigiri, and it was all pretty good. I enjoyed both the negi toro roll and the Momomaki, a spicy octopus roll with big eye tuna and pickled daikon on top. The aji yakusugi was richly flavorful as well as a bit of a showpiece, the smoked horse mackerel nigiri presented in a bowl with 1000-year-old cypress smoke. We each ordered our own nigiri at the end of our meal. I got the uni and tamago, which were both great. We could've stopped there, but I'm glad we didn't, as the desserts were delightful. I loved the kakigori, an orange creamsicle shaved ice with orange gelée and citrus powder. The donatsu, or chocolate, sansho-filled doughnuts were fresh and fluffy, served with matcha semi-freddo. The nama chocolate tart was rich but not too sweet, finished with espresso caramel and malted miso ice cream. This was a decadent, memorable meal, and the desserts were the icing on the cake. We had a wonderful time at Momotaro. I'd recommend it for your special night out.
I made a reservation on OpenTable for my friend's birthday, where I indicated that the dinner was for a birthday and wrote his name. Upon walking in, the hostess wished him a happy birthday and we were led to our table, and laid on it was a menu that said "Happy birthday, (friend's name)!!" Already feeling pretty special, our orders were taken quickly, and the service was on point throughout the night. Our waitress kindly made recommendations and answered my questions on the menu. At the end of the night, my friend got a popsicle as part of the special birthday treatment! The sushi rolls (makimono) come with 6 pieces, and the nigiri/sashimi is one piece per order. We ordered the below 7 menu items + 4 drinks + 1 espresso, and we were pretty full at the end of the night. The check was a little over $160 before tips. Buri (5/5) - This was a cold appetizer with hamachi, topped with pickled radish. It was very light and delicious. Mishima strip (5/5) - A meat popsicle... is the best I can describe it. It comes with ponzu on the side. It was cooked to medium-rare perfection and was so tender and juicy. Aji yakusugi (5/5) - This was 2 pieces of nigiri that came in a bowl, and when the server lifted the lid, smoke came out. Quite aesthetically interesting. It had mackerel, which is one of my favorite fish. I really enjoyed this. Momomaki (5/5) - This is their most popular roll, and it was my favorite roll of the night. This was so good, that it made the other two rolls we ordered look relatively bad. Zuke salmon (4/5) - This was topped with salmon roe, which I'm not a huge fan of. It was still pretty good. Chili tuna (4/5) - This was pretty good, but nothing too special. Momotaro crunch (4/5) - I ordered 2 of these as dessert. They were chocolate ganaches with matcha powder on them. I couldn't really taste the matcha, but they were still good. I should've ordered just 1 because they were really, really, really sweet.
Beautiful sushi. You do pay for it.
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Address
820 W Lake St, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Features
Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating Booking Parking Wheelchair accessible No Wi-Fi Takeaway No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 16:30-22:30
MondayMon 17:00-22:30
TuesdayTue 17:00-22:30
WednesdayWed 17:00-22:30
ThursdayThu 17:00-22:30
FridayFri 16:30-23:00
SaturdaySat 16:30-00:00

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