"Cure for the Average Brunch" Our Ladies suited up in their Sunday finest and headed out to Bucktown to sample the Noodle Lunch at Takashi.
Tastefully decorated in modern greys and pops of orange, Takashi is a very welcoming space with a lovely small patio out front and a cozy upstairs dining room. Reservations were encouraged, but from what Bunny and Brandy observed (they were there at the first ring of the lunch bell at 11:30) it took just under an hour before the restaurant was filled with buzzing patrons.
The menu was definitely quite a change from their usual choices; a cornucopia of smaller tasting plates were joined by a myriad of noodle bowls, listed by the different types of noodles such as ramen, udon, and soba. Their helpful server suggested they order a few of the smaller plates, and then share a noodle bowl, which was more than enough to feed two (he obviously was not aware of Brandy's past as a noodle eating champion).
Our Ladies did start with a few of the smaller dishes; Duck Fat Fried Chicken, Pork Gyoza, and Eggplant Salad. The chicken was amazingly moist and flavorful, rich from the duck fat with just a hint of spice, and an outer crust that crunched audibly when bitten into.
Next came the noodle bowls. Bunny ordered the Miso Ramen, which came with assorted veggies and braised pork. She seemed to think the broth was a bit salty, which Brandy scoffed at. "Dear, it's miso, it's supposed to be salty," Brandy scolded her. Bunny wrinkled her nose and rolled her eyes. Bunny reported the noodles were lovely, the broth very flavorful, and the pork very tender, though maybe a little on the fatty side. Brandy, ever the know-it-all, suspected Bunny was mistaking the silky texture of high quality meat for fattiness.
Since no decision could be made between the three delectable sounding desserts, Our Ladies decided to go for them all. First came the Coconut Panacotta, which came served in a pool of passion fruit syrup. Though the panacotta was nice and creamy, it didn't taste much of coconut, and the syrup was so strong and tangy that it overpowered everything else.
Next came the Green Tea Shortbread, which sandwiched a white chocolate mousse and came served with mango sorbet. While the cookies had a nice texture, they didn't actually taste much of green tea, but the mango sorbet was flavorful enough to make up for it.
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just went here for dinner this week. Looks like I'm going back for brunch. so good.ReplyDelete
good idea, minus we didn't have any for the bag..all in our belly :)ReplyDelete
Oooo...this sounds yummy!ReplyDelete