Ellen and I met RevrendAndy and his (way too good for him) bride Lana, who are in town for a few days, last night at Katsu. Katsu is a favorite of both mine and Andy's, matter of fact it was Andy who first introduced me to Katsu, and is high on his must visit list of Chicago restaurants.
has been, deservedly, much discussed by me, Crazy C and Mike G, but I feel the need for a short revisit after last nights absolutely superb meal.
We got off to a flying start with thinly sliced broiled beef tongue, squeeze of lemon, dash of salt, shake of shichimi-togarashi, perfect, just perfect. The beef tongue was accompanied by piping hot panko encrusted deep fried oysters, crunchy, greaseless, pure briny sea flavored goodness.
Fresh Flounder Karaage, which is as visually interesting as it is delicious, was next on our Katsu hit parade. The flounder flesh is stripped from the fish, cut in pieces and deep-fried while the rest of the fish, head, tail, bones, are shaped into a bowl and deep-fried. The flounder pieces are served in the crisp/crunchy/delicious fish body 'bowl' along with baby greens and ponzu dipping sauce.
Last, but not least, appetizer wise, was broiled yellowtail jaw. The only way I can think to adequately describe the rich, full flavored yellowtail is luxurious, simply luxurious. A dash of salt, squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of grated daikon radish round out the flavor. Really one of my favorites.
For our main course we left it entirely in Katsu's hands. Simply said please bring us x--dollar amount of sashimi, though we did add a round of uni, absolutely pristine, and giant sweet shrimp. The shrimp are served raw accompanied by the heads, which are deep fried, what a wonderful flavor and texture contrast.
Katsu's sashimi, as always, was sheer poetry, with the toro actually bringing a tear to our eyes. ~sigh~, yes, it was that good. We accompanied our meal with Sapporo and chilled Rin sake. Lana, who is a first, about to become second, level Sommelier noticed notes of anise in the sake.
All in all a wonderful meal and even better company. I highly recommend Katsu and, if you can get Andy and Lana to join you for dinner, all the better.
On another Andy/Lana restaurant related note, later this week Chicago will be graced by the presence of Andy'sBetterBrother. Who, showing the grace and good sense that has earned him the title BetterBrother, suggested we all meet for dinner at 'Little' Three Happiness (209 W Cermak) Who am I to say no such a request.
Katsu Japanese Restaurant
2651 W Peterson Ave
Chicago, IL. 60659
5pm - 9:30 [Edit]