1952 N Damen
Chicago, IL


Takashi Yagahashi continues to showcase the finest Asian fusion cuisine in the city. In classic yin-meets-yang style, he pairs the richest and most delicate flavors on a single plate. Agnolotti stuffed with a sweet English pea purée might be set next to a cobia fillet dressed in a briny cider-caper reduction. Giant scallops and dense soba gnocchi are fizzed up with a foam of celery root and Parmesan. And Takashi's signature "brown egg" dessert, served with a jam-smeared macaroon, elevates crème brûlée to Zen-like perfection. The man has finesse to spare, as do the accommodating servers, who know their way around the savvy wine and sake list.


Dishes We Liked

Sautéed Maine scallops and soba gnocchi with trumpet royale mushrooms ($14), crispy veal sweetbreads ($15), roasted Indiana duck breast with duck rillettes roll ($30), English pea agnolotti with cobia ($29), crème brûlée with an egg and strawberry macaroon (part of a tasting menu)

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Additional Information

Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Contemporary French/Japanese
Neighborhood: Bucktown/Wicker Park
Noteworthy: Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Tue-Sun.