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2853 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618


At this sharp lair, Matthias Merges shows off his skill with skewers for his take on grilled Japanese street food with a Basque backbeat. With 30 small plates, nightly specials, and loads of designer cocktails, artisanal beers, and sakes, there’s plenty for all palates. Chicken liver mousse topped with skewered grilled livers and crisp chicken skin gets you into the spirit, and a sake-accented kusshi oyster topped with apple cider tapioca and guava purée shows that the kitchen does not live by the skewer alone. On the other hand, even the mochi, filled with sour cherry curd, is grilled and finished with wasabi white chocolate.

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Dishes We Liked

Double fried chicken thighs sprinkled with kanzuri (Japanese chili paste) dipping sauce ($11 for 4 pieces), Sweetbreads with umeboshi (pickled Asian plum) bbq sauce ($9.50), kalamansi (Philippine citrus) custard with peanut cake and coriander peanut brittle ($6)

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Additional Information:

Price: $30-$39
Cuisine: Japanese
Neighborhood: Avondale
Noteworthy: Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: D Wed-Mon. Br Sun. Late seating Fri, Sat.
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