-Grubbing in Chicago
Izakaya Eats in the West Loop
Tengoku Aburiya has been open since the summer of Covid (2020). It’s the sister spot to the Michelin starred Omakase Yume that sits next door. Tengoku is an izakaya meaning Japanese bar food is what they do. It’s a casual space that can typically take walk-ins so basically the opposite of the upscale omakase next door. The whole purpose of an izakaya is to present the customer a comfortable spot to have a bite to eat with some drinks on a low key. My type of place so I don’t why it took me so long to finally get over here as Japanese bar food is second to none.
It’s pretty typical for an izakaya to specialize in some sort of dish and Tengoku chooses to give special attention to it’s Kushiyaki (a generic term for skewered grilled meats). For those wondering yakitori (skewered chicken) is a form of Kuskiyaki. We each ordered a chefs special kushiyaki platter which consists of four skewers of the chefs choosing (4 meats + 1 vegetable). Each of us was presented with a different set. Mine came with a Negima Yakitori (chicken and scallion), chicken skin, enoki mushroom wrapped with a thin strip of beef, and fried shishitos. They were all good with the crispy chicken skin being my favorite of the bunch.
651 W Washington Blvd Suite #101A
Chicago, IL 60661