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    Post #1 - April 1st, 2007, 10:59 am
    Post #1 - April 1st, 2007, 10:59 am Post #1 - April 1st, 2007, 10:59 am
    So, after a long hiatus since last Oct of 2006, Sunshine Cafe has finally re-opened and has gone through quite a transformation. I guess they figured they have to go with what's IN and trendy these days to compete with the plethora of Japanese restaurants in the area. What has resulted is a trendier, flashier Sunshine Cafe... Had a fabulous kaiseki dinner that would rival Chiyo last night.

    So, we'll start with the decor:

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    Quite a change for those who have visited Sunshine in the past.

    Started off with an ever-so-trendy saketini as we mused over the various kaiseki menus they now offer.

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    We decided to go with the 5-course kaiseki which is a steal at $55.

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    For an appetizer you can either start with a seared sea urchin and salmon roll with egg yolk dressing and roe (above) or the seared prawn and seaweed salad (below).

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    The sashimi course included either sashimi w/ kingfish or oyster.

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    I had the wagyu beef entree with vegetable tempura and seared scallop with roe salad (below).

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    My lovely dining companion had the soft-shell crab entree.

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    Dessert is a nice assortment of items:

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    All in all a wonderful meal, and I'm somewhat glad they did make the change; There are so few good kaiseki places in Chicago.



















    On a final note, I found it exceedingly funny that they even imported a new commode from Japan. I couldn't resist posting this picture, even though it might ruin the "ambiance" of the post, but truly this last pic is very appropriate given the theme of this post.

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  • Post #2 - April 1st, 2007, 11:10 am
    Post #2 - April 1st, 2007, 11:10 am Post #2 - April 1st, 2007, 11:10 am
    HI,

    Unbelieveable is right. I drove past yesterday late afternoon to see a close sign post prominently in the window. I never expect to find a post today heralding its' re-birth today.

    What are the hours? Did you see the elderly owner or anyone from the past? It is such a substantial change, I wonder if it has a new generation ownership or simply new owners. Do you have any feel for this?

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #3 - April 1st, 2007, 11:13 am
    Post #3 - April 1st, 2007, 11:13 am Post #3 - April 1st, 2007, 11:13 am
    Jay K wrote:So, after a long hiatus since last Oct of 2006, Sunshine Cafe has finally re-opened and has gone through quite a transformation.

    Jay K,

    How fantastic, I can't wait to go, and I mean that in terms of both the New and Improved Sunshine and the cool looking Toto. :)

    Enjoy,
    Gary
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    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #4 - April 1st, 2007, 11:26 am
    Post #4 - April 1st, 2007, 11:26 am Post #4 - April 1st, 2007, 11:26 am
    You're right. I don't believe it. April Fool's on us.
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  • Post #5 - April 1st, 2007, 11:47 am
    Post #5 - April 1st, 2007, 11:47 am Post #5 - April 1st, 2007, 11:47 am
    Dumb question, but what's that appendage on the side of the commode (left side of photo)? It's not an "armchair" is it? If it gets too comfy in there people will be falling asleep after big meals.
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    Yeah, I was afraid this would happen....
    Last edited by Cogito on April 1st, 2007, 11:59 am, edited 2 times in total.
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  • Post #6 - April 1st, 2007, 11:50 am
    Post #6 - April 1st, 2007, 11:50 am Post #6 - April 1st, 2007, 11:50 am
    April Fools is right.

    I walked past there Friday night, just as closed as ever.
  • Post #7 - April 1st, 2007, 11:53 am
    Post #7 - April 1st, 2007, 11:53 am Post #7 - April 1st, 2007, 11:53 am
    LOL - nice April Fool's joke! I just walked by Sunshine Cafe before brunch in Andersonville, and I looked inside at the abandoned-looking place with sadness.

    I wonder if the folks at Tanoshii or other Japanese places in the area would know what happened (not that they're all owned by Japanese people anyway). My Japanese expat connections don't work in the Japanese-American community.

    asami :-(
  • Post #8 - April 1st, 2007, 11:56 am
    Post #8 - April 1st, 2007, 11:56 am Post #8 - April 1st, 2007, 11:56 am
    Cogito wrote:Dumb question, but what's that appendage on the side of the commode (left side of photo)? It's not an "armchair" is it? If it gets too comfy in there people will be falling asleep after big meals. :D


    My parents have a "Washlet" -- the armchair is a command center for your seat, allowing you to choose the advanced cleaning features that come with it. You can adjust temperature, pressure and location for the water, and some even come with a drying feature. The seat can also be set to warm, like some leather seats in luxury cars. A fancy toilet seat sounds crazy, but once you try it, you'll love it.

    Sorry, not the best conversation for a site focused on food!

    asami
  • Post #9 - April 1st, 2007, 12:01 pm
    Post #9 - April 1st, 2007, 12:01 pm Post #9 - April 1st, 2007, 12:01 pm
    asami wrote:
    Cogito wrote:Dumb question, but what's that appendage on the side of the commode (left side of photo)? It's not an "armchair" is it? If it gets too comfy in there people will be falling asleep after big meals. :D


    My parents have a "Washlet" -- the armchair is a command center for your seat, allowing you to choose the advanced cleaning features that come with it. You can adjust temperature, pressure and location for the water, and some even come with a drying feature. The seat can also be set to warm, like some leather seats in luxury cars. A fancy toilet seat sounds crazy, but once you try it, you'll love it.

    Sorry, not the best conversation for a site focused on food!

    asami

    It's missing a seat belt.
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  • Post #10 - April 1st, 2007, 12:09 pm
    Post #10 - April 1st, 2007, 12:09 pm Post #10 - April 1st, 2007, 12:09 pm
    asami wrote:
    Cogito wrote:Dumb question, but what's that appendage on the side of the commode (left side of photo)? It's not an "armchair" is it? If it gets too comfy in there people will be falling asleep after big meals. :D


    My parents have a "Washlet" -- the armchair is a command center for your seat, allowing you to choose the advanced cleaning features that come with it. You can adjust temperature, pressure and location for the water, and some even come with a drying feature. The seat can also be set to warm, like some leather seats in luxury cars. A fancy toilet seat sounds crazy, but once you try it, you'll love it.

    Sorry, not the best conversation for a site focused on food!

    asami


    The question burning on my mind since seeing the image as well as your description. Do you still need toilet paper?

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #11 - April 1st, 2007, 1:24 pm
    Post #11 - April 1st, 2007, 1:24 pm Post #11 - April 1st, 2007, 1:24 pm
    Toilet paper? You don't use the three shells?!?!?
  • Post #12 - April 1st, 2007, 2:08 pm
    Post #12 - April 1st, 2007, 2:08 pm Post #12 - April 1st, 2007, 2:08 pm
    Just add the TSIP link, and I am ready to move in. Glad to see Sunshine is back, too.
    d
    Feeling (south) loopy
  • Post #13 - April 1st, 2007, 5:46 pm
    Post #13 - April 1st, 2007, 5:46 pm Post #13 - April 1st, 2007, 5:46 pm
    I wonder if the commode features internal closed circuit t.v. as do some other high end Japanese models.
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  • Post #14 - April 2nd, 2007, 8:41 am
    Post #14 - April 2nd, 2007, 8:41 am Post #14 - April 2nd, 2007, 8:41 am
    Jay.. you sick bastard...
  • Post #15 - April 2nd, 2007, 1:48 pm
    Post #15 - April 2nd, 2007, 1:48 pm Post #15 - April 2nd, 2007, 1:48 pm
    OK, it's April 2 now. Where are those pictures really from? :)
  • Post #16 - April 3rd, 2007, 10:14 am
    Post #16 - April 3rd, 2007, 10:14 am Post #16 - April 3rd, 2007, 10:14 am
    Cathy2 wrote:
    asami wrote:
    Cogito wrote:Dumb question, but what's that appendage on the side of the commode (left side of photo)? It's not an "armchair" is it? If it gets too comfy in there people will be falling asleep after big meals. :D


    My parents have a "Washlet" -- the armchair is a command center for your seat, allowing you to choose the advanced cleaning features that come with it. You can adjust temperature, pressure and location for the water, and some even come with a drying feature. The seat can also be set to warm, like some leather seats in luxury cars. A fancy toilet seat sounds crazy, but once you try it, you'll love it.

    Sorry, not the best conversation for a site focused on food!

    asami


    The question burning on my mind since seeing the image as well as your description. Do you still need toilet paper?

    Regards,


    I think most people still use toilet paper, but you feel *extra clean* when using the wash and dry feature. Kind of like the European bidet, but much more comfy!

    asami ;-)
  • Post #17 - April 3rd, 2007, 6:03 pm
    Post #17 - April 3rd, 2007, 6:03 pm Post #17 - April 3rd, 2007, 6:03 pm
    For real! It is 4/2 now... could we put a disclaimer in the subject? Oh and where are those photos from? If it is a place in town that is currently open, I'm there!
  • Post #18 - April 4th, 2007, 9:52 am
    Post #18 - April 4th, 2007, 9:52 am Post #18 - April 4th, 2007, 9:52 am
    Very nice, Jay K!
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  • Post #19 - April 4th, 2007, 11:18 am
    Post #19 - April 4th, 2007, 11:18 am Post #19 - April 4th, 2007, 11:18 am
    Did anyone read the Trib's new blog "The Stew," which debuted yesterday. They had a short item on Sunshine Cafe, and say it will be reopening in May.

    http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/ ... nshin.html
  • Post #20 - April 4th, 2007, 1:36 pm
    Post #20 - April 4th, 2007, 1:36 pm Post #20 - April 4th, 2007, 1:36 pm
    That's great news! They also cleared up the mystery of why Sunshine Cafe has been closed for so long.

    We found out the reason today: owner Joni Ishida has been recuperating these last two months from surgery, in which doctors removed a tumor from her head.
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  • Post #21 - April 4th, 2007, 9:23 pm
    Post #21 - April 4th, 2007, 9:23 pm Post #21 - April 4th, 2007, 9:23 pm
    :shock: Wow! I have never been to this restaurant...back in the fall I had plans to attend when I heard they were closing. I have been anxiously awaiting their reopening ever since and had gotten to the point where I figured I'd be out of luck.

    I hope her reopening goes right on schedule!
  • Post #22 - April 4th, 2007, 11:08 pm
    Post #22 - April 4th, 2007, 11:08 pm Post #22 - April 4th, 2007, 11:08 pm
    Say, Jay... next year, would you mind playing an April Fool's joke about the city council repealing the foie ban?

    Please?
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  • Post #23 - April 4th, 2007, 11:43 pm
    Post #23 - April 4th, 2007, 11:43 pm Post #23 - April 4th, 2007, 11:43 pm
    your pics look fabulous! Thanks for posting... I hope to visit this place soon!
  • Post #24 - April 5th, 2007, 5:50 pm
    Post #24 - April 5th, 2007, 5:50 pm Post #24 - April 5th, 2007, 5:50 pm
    bad news
    not only is it not sunshine
    its not even a single place

    the saketini.jpg was found here
    www.63flyingcloud.com/images/2006/saketini.jpg
    and apparently is from some place in Utah!?

    and to find the decor I typed "upscale japanese restaurant tree" into google images and this was the first hit!
    http://chaxiubao.typepad.com/photos/unc ... 250021.JPG

    The sushi tree is apparently from Harakan in Hong Kong
    Hysan Road, Causeway Bay

    No easy hits on the food images... but I think I've spent enough time on this diversion :)
  • Post #25 - April 5th, 2007, 7:09 pm
    Post #25 - April 5th, 2007, 7:09 pm Post #25 - April 5th, 2007, 7:09 pm
    griffin's wife, you are some detective!

    I hope you never investigate me! :oops:
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  • Post #26 - April 6th, 2007, 9:27 am
    Post #26 - April 6th, 2007, 9:27 am Post #26 - April 6th, 2007, 9:27 am
    griffin's wife wrote:bad news
    not only is it not sunshine
    its not even a single place

    the saketini.jpg was found here
    www.63flyingcloud.com/images/2006/saketini.jpg
    and apparently is from some place in Utah!?

    and to find the decor I typed "upscale japanese restaurant tree" into google images and this was the first hit!
    http://chaxiubao.typepad.com/photos/unc ... 250021.JPG

    The sushi tree is apparently from Harakan in Hong Kong
    Hysan Road, Causeway Bay

    No easy hits on the food images... but I think I've spent enough time on this diversion :)


    Nice detective work indeed!

    I did find the rest of the images on this site: http://sydfoodblog.blogspot.com/2006/06 ... -mino.html

    Looks like we'll only have to travel to Sydney, Australia to get a taste of the food!
  • Post #27 - April 6th, 2007, 8:08 pm
    Post #27 - April 6th, 2007, 8:08 pm Post #27 - April 6th, 2007, 8:08 pm
    Dmnkly wrote:Say, Jay... next year, would you mind playing an April Fool's joke about the city council repealing the foie ban?

    Please?


    Talk about tempting Serendipity 'eh? :D

    P.S. Griffin's Wife & Chanterelle: Bravo on the detective work re: the pics! Now, did somebody find my source for the toilet? :wink:

    P.P.S. Maybe we should make this a game like the mystery restaurant section... Cobble together a fabulous restaurant from various google images and find the sources. :lol:
  • Post #28 - April 16th, 2007, 7:53 am
    Post #28 - April 16th, 2007, 7:53 am Post #28 - April 16th, 2007, 7:53 am
    Jay K wrote:Now, did somebody find my source for the toilet? :wink:


    Not exactly, but I did come across this:

    From the BBC
    Free repairs to flammable toilets
    Japan's leading toilet manufacturer Toto is offering free repairs to 180,000 toilets after some of them caught fire.

    "The fire would have been just under your buttocks," she added.
  • Post #29 - May 3rd, 2007, 9:17 pm
    Post #29 - May 3rd, 2007, 9:17 pm Post #29 - May 3rd, 2007, 9:17 pm
    Jay K wrote:Now, did somebody find my source for the toilet?


    You can find a dealer for the TOTO Washlet at:

    http://www.washlet.com/default.asp

    Click on the link for "dealer locator." For inquiring minds, you can check out the FAQs.

    Okay, no more toilet talk on a food site, I promise!

    asami

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