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May 11, 2018

Serving delectable Japanese-inspired cuisine and drinks in one of Chicago's hippest districts, Momotaro is a feast for the senses and a sake-lovers delight

Momotaro is a shrine to all things Japan – from the lacquered wooden floors to Japanese art and screens adorning the walls, and even the angular lines and minimalist design with which everything conforms in this three-storey restaurant and bar. Located within Chicago’s trendy Fulton Market district, Momotaro’s menus (both food and drink) can at first seem overwhelming in choice, but with a little swift navigation, everyone can leave extremely happy.   The star of the restaurant is the square central live cooking kitchen, where guests can watch chefs prepare their sushi and sashimi directly in front of them, but delight can also be found at your own private table if you choose to order “from the coals” – a small coal-fired grill will be delivered to your table for you to cook your own dinner. Momotaro’s drinks menu is displayed on large wooden menu boards above the spacious bar area and always features two beers on draft and a host of local and Asian bottled brews. Cocktails include premium spirits and have inspiring Japanese names, like the Kigo of Spring (100-proof bourbon, brandy, pear liqueur and lemon) and the Monk’s Journey (vodka, aloe liqueur, matcha green tea and lime). The sake menu is head-spinning and contains fragrant, textured and mature sake varieties – advice about which is best paired with your dinner dish can be garnered from the knowledgeable bar staff. There’s also a handful of Japanese whiskies and a surprisingly long wine and champagne list.Photo credit: