Yusho OR Obsessing over Mochi

Yusho OR Obsessing over Mochi
Maitake Mushroom

It was like making out with a cow.

At least, that was according to my husband after trying the beef tongue at Yusho in Avondale.  And he was right, the folks at Yusho do a fantastic job with some of those “less common” cuts of meat, particularly the ones with, shall we say, more tricky of textures – the tongue served with crispy kale was like butter and the BBQ sweet breads served with frisée could make even the most squeamish of eaters forget what they were eating.  Probably.

The hardest thing about eating at yakitori-inspired Yusho is deciding what to order.  As a result, my table of four came close to ordering a good portion of the menu (coming to Yusho with a group of sharing-inclined folks is a must).  There were no disappointments.  Each dish was interesting, well-executed, and delicious.  My favorite was the salmon roe, four spherical grilled pancakes stuffed with savory gusher candy-like roe and garnished with salty bonito flakes.

Salmon Roe
Salmon Roe

Also delicious was the maitake mushroom dish, served with a poached egg (oh how I love eggs!) and bits of dashi delee, and the perfectly grilled octopus accompanied with a slightly sweet egg yolk vinaigrette.  Similarly flavorful was the special of the day, a tender strip loin wrapped in nori.  Basically a steak sushi, except not fish and not raw.

Steak Nori
Steak Nori

In addition to the food, I loved the vibe of Yusho.  The mismatched garage sale type lamps, the bare light bulbs hanging from ropes over the bar, the way the mixologists made creating cocktails a performance art, and the fact that our waiter was basically Michael Cera made the whole experience a ten.

But I am leaving out one important thing, and that is that Yusho serves mochi.  Real mochi.  Not ice cream mochi or the little mochis at Forever Yogurt (which are yum), but full-on sweet, perfectly chewy mochi pancake.  They serve it grilled and skewered along with bits of dark chocolate and sharp ginger.  I had been waiting for the mochi the whole night, and when it was finally time for dessert, it was everything I had hoped for and more.  So I ordered it again.  That’s right.  I got it twice.  Don’t judge.


Try Yusho at 2853 Kedzie Ave.

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Tags: Unique Food

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