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Takashi

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1952 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
United States

Phone: 773-772-6170

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Price: $$$ ?

Neighborhood: Bucktown
Style: Asian
Head Chef:Executive Chef: Takashi Yagihashi

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  • 5 Reviews
  • 10 Favorite
  • 6 Recommend
  • 2 Been There
  • 3 Vault

Description: Takashi website states: The restaurant features contemporary French-American fare with Japanese influences, a mixture of Chef Takashi's previous ventures working in large, world class establishments, most notably Okada at Wynn Las Vegas and Tribute in Detroit, Michigan. The atmosphere is unique in that it allows for a more personal dining experience, combining the cuisine and service of a fine dining establishment with the warmth and accessibility of a neighborhood tavern.

The contemporary cuisine features ingredients of the highest quality from throughout the world including Maine, Japan and Australia. Chef also uses sustainable fished seafood and local seasonal products whenever possible. No preservatives are used, including MSG.

It is our goal to provide the customer with beautifully presented food of the highest quality in an intimate, contemporary setting with the knowledgeable, professional service of a fine dining establishment executed in a warm, friendly style similar to a neighborhood tavern..

Hours: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm, Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm Sunday Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (no reservations accepted for lunch); Closed Mondays

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"Just Right"

August 31, 2012


  • Food: Asian American
  • Decor: Quaint, comforting, upscale
  • Service: Outstanding
  • Cost: $$$
  • Wine / Cocktails: small but creative

Overview:

It's been over a year since I visited this quaint little spot. In that year Chef Takashi has certainly gotten some press! You would expect things at the restaurant to suffer a bit, but the opposite is true. We had one of the best dinners of my entire year. The space itself lends to an intimate feeling the moment you arrive. The staff is very attentive and friendly. Takashi was in the building and made a point to talk with us several times. Almost like being at his house for dinner. This is my kind of place.

Oh yes, the food... I almost forgot. Amazing. 4 of us opted to share many small plates, which is definitely the way to go. There are far too many amazing choices on the menu to try and pick a couple for yourself. We probably conquered half of the menu (we warned the waitress we would be over ordering). Standouts were the Salad of Duck Confit, the Corn Chowder (amazing), and the pork belly. But then, at the end... we'd heard about the "egg" dessert. So we each ordered one. It is one of the top 5 desserts I have ever had in my life, really unbelievable. Something about a milk chocolate creme brulee, with caramel, salt, etc... How he packs so much flavor into a boiled egg shell, I will never understand. We contemplated ordering a dozen to go.

I am lucky to be going back in a month, and I can hardly wait. Yes, I'm obsessed now.

Recommended Dishes:

see review

"Always great"

December 11, 2011


  • Food: Asian
  • Decor: Smaller conteporary space
  • Service: Very good
  • Cost: $$$
  • Wine / Cocktails: Good

Overview:

I went to Takashi about a year ago and the scallops with gnocchi is still a very memorable and excellent dish. I love the space at Takashi. Easy to miss on the outside but small and feels like a home on the inside. They have a great cocktail menu and my favorite is the Honey Lavender Tini with gin. We had the squash and walnut strudel salad, it was good but it was more like a dessert so I would probably skip it as a salad or an opening dish. The pork belly with mustard sauce and steamed buns is truly fantastic. The chicken in a clay pot was also good, very simple with great presentation. The chocolate macadamia nut dessert was also good, I especially like the salty aspect of the ice cream, that was my favorite part. Genmaimatcha tea at the end was also a good way to finish the meal.

Recommended Dishes:

scallops with gnocchi, pork belly

"Happy Slurpping"

March 29, 2011

  • Japanese
  • Ramen
  • Noodles

  • Food:
  • Decor:
  • Service:
  • Cost: $$$
  • Wine / Cocktails:

Overview:

So, I've been hearing about Takashi for a while now, really since I moved to Chicago about 5 months ago. It's been high on my ever-growing list of restaurants to try, so I was very happy to finally get a chance to experience the Sunday noodle brunch yesterday. Yes, can I just say... yum-o?

First were the small plates that I wish we would have had more of. Not because we didn't have enough to eat, of course, but because those that we had were so tasty and fun. The pork belly steamed buns were so delish... glazed and tender and fatty and crispy and flavorful. The bun itself was done in a way that I haven't seen before, that is, sliced from a larger piece. Normally it's one complete bun unto itself but that was not the case here. It didn't make it any less pillowy though, so for me, it was a non-issue. The duck fat fried chicken was pretty fab too. Piping hot and juicy inside with a thick, crispy crust. Yeah... fab. I can't say that I was a huge fan of the mini-mushroom app. I guess I was expecting something else, maybe for the mushrooms to have been roasted or something, but they weren't. And there was some strange sliminess happening on the plate as well which was less than appealing to me. I believe it was part of the taro root but I don't know. I hate to knock it because I'm just not that familiar with all of the ingredients in this type of cuisine and maybe it was supposed to be that way, but I wouldn't order it again. Does anyone have any insight into this dish that they'd care to share?

And then we all ordered noodles. Mmmm... noodles. I love a gigantic bowl of steaming hot noodles in broth. Normally, I would have been drawn to the ramen... maybe because it's something familiar and I'm on a constant search for rich, sticky, delicious ramen in this city. But this time the man ordered it so I was forced to try something else. I mean, we couldn't order the same thing. That would be absurd. So I opted for the udon with sliced ribeye. And, I totally won. Lucky me! The broth was flavorful, as was the beef, the noodles had a wonderful springiness to them, and the egg and tofu lent an interesting, spongy (in a good way) texture. It was wonderful.

The ramen, surprisingly, was my least favorite at the table. Not that it was bad, it just seemed a bit one dimensional. I guess I wanted more depth out of it. You know, Ippudo or Setagaya style. Does that exist in Chicago? Real, hand-pulled noodles with intensely flavored, sticky broth and a runny but set egg? If you have the answer, help a girl out! Do tell!

I also managed to steal a taste of the vegetarian ramen from my kind friend sitting to my left. It was excellent. The broth, as expected, was light and delicate but still had a very rounded flavor.

Another delightful component to our brunch were the very well composed cocktails. Real, fresh ingredients, mixed with care, made for very happy sipping to accompany our happy slurping.

We dined in the first floor dining room which was very nice and little and comfortable. Almost homey but in a non-kitchy kind of way. I didn't get a chance to check out the upstairs section of the restaurant. All the more reason to go back!

And our service was lovely. Casual and lovely. Our server was very helpful in describing and directing but then gave us space to enjoy ourselves. All components together became a very comfortable and delicious experience.

The short version (out of 10)...

Food: 8.5
Service: 8
Ambiance: 8
Overall impression: 8

Would I go back?

In a heart beat. I can't wait to try dinner!

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"Hidden gem"

December 26, 2010


  • Food: Japanese, French
  • Decor:
  • Service: Good
  • Cost: $$$
  • Wine / Cocktails: Great and great martinis

Overview:

Octopus was great, scallops and gnocchi were unbelievable, mussles are phenominal

Recommended Dishes:

Octopus, don't miss the scallops with gnocchi and the mussles

"Best mussels ever! "

December 2, 2010


  • Food: Japanese, Sushi, eclectic
  • Decor: smaller space, wait at the bar across the street if you can't get in right away
  • Service: Great
  • Cost: $$$
  • Wine / Cocktails: Great

Overview:

I booked a reservation here after someone told me the scallops with gnocchi dish is one of the best dishes they have had. Not only was this a great dish but the mussels are the best mussels that I think I have ever ordered!

Everything that we had was great. The toro, octopus salad, pork belly, mussels, and scallops with gnocchi. Even the margarita / martini and the rose champagne were great!

I can't wait to go back to this place!

Recommended Dishes:

Mussels and scallops with gnocchi for sure! toro, octopus salad, pork belly. The margarita was great too

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