The BF and I recently stopped by a Japanese restaurant, Lure Izakaya, in our Lakeview 'hood which opened in late July. Modeled after a traditional Japanese izakaya pub with small plates and plenty of drinks, chef owners Kee Chan of Strings Ramen, and Macku Chan of Macku Sushi, decided to blend the izakaya format with kaiseki, or Japanese haute cuisine. The result? A mix of casual and fine dining. The space is sleek and modern, which also is reflected in the cuisine's presentation.
The menu is split up by cooking styles including Nimomo (steamed), Yakimono (grilled), Kobachi (cold), Shiru Mono (soup), Ko-No Mono (pickled), and Agemono (fried). There also is an iPad list of chef specials featuring different preparations of fresh fish. The fish even are on display at the front of the restaurant when you walk in. Our server suggested we order 3-6 dishes per person to share and we tried to pick items from across the menu's sections. There's also a full menu of Sake, beer, wine and craft cocktails.
|Lure Izakaya Menu|
|Fresh Fish on Display|
|Fried Red Snapper|
Overall, we really enjoyed the variety of dishes we tried and was impressed with the price point. Everything is priced affordably, including the drinks, ensuring you'll be able to try several items without breaking the bank. This also is a great spot for larger groups so you can try and share many dishes, and there are several communal seating options. This was our first izakaya experience and certainly won't be our last!
Note: my meal at Lure Izakaya was complimentary; however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.
2929 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657