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953 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607


The buzz never fades at Grant Achatz’s stunner, which changes its identity and approach three times a year. Nor does the originality. Executive Chef Dave Beran’s sixth menu, a Kyoto kaiseki, featured one of Next’s finest hours, the “Japanese maple forest”: shrimp, bottarga, a parsnip chip with corn custard topped by trout roe, lotus root chips in an uni shell, and pickled turnip wrapped in nori and duck prosciutto, all hidden in leaves illuminated by a candle in a daikon radish “lantern.” Service is as playful and authoritative as ever. Through September 8, Next will be a tapas-and-pintxos-themed fiesta. Go to nextrestaurant.com far in advance for tickets.

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Dishes We Liked

(All dishes are part of a prix fixe menu that changes quarterly. These items were from the Kyoto menu.) Corn husk soup; Japanese maple forest; Barracuda, wasabi leaf, cured yolk; chrysanthemum, eggplant, shiso leaf; soup, rice, pickles with apple, barley, red date, steamed white rice; “First Snowfall”: maple leaf, powdered maple sugar, persimmon

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Additional Information:

Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Contemporary
Neighborhood: West Loop/West Town
Noteworthy: Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Wed-Sun.
Date Opened: 4/6/2011
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