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Tapas / Small Plates Now Open Japanese Lakeview

Lure Izakaya continues generating plenty of buzz since opening on North Halsted in Chicago.

Modeled after a traditional Japanese izakaya pub (think Japanese tapas: simple small plates, designed to be shared in a casual setting, alongside plenty of Sake). Yet, what Lure chef/owners Kee Chan (Strings Ramen) and Macku Chan (Macku Sushi) have done is to elevate the playing field. The Chan brothers have taken the casual format of izakaya, and fused it with kaiseki -- best described as Japanese haute cuisine, to offer a hybrid of these two popular Japanese dining styles.

Grilled Hamachi Kama
Grilled Hamachi Kama (Yellowtail cheek), with daikon soy sauce, $9

Japanese tapas: small plates, designed to be shared

Traditional kaiseki is usually an elaborate, costly affair, consisting of 10 to 14 chef's-choice courses, offered as a prix fixe tasting menu. Each course is placed in specific order by the chef, showcasing individual cooking styles like Nimomo (steamed), Yakimono (grilled), Kobachi (cold), Shiru Mono (soup), Ko-No Mono (pickled), Agemono (fried), etc., artfully designed to balance taste, texture, color. The Chans have now taken the quality, artistry of kaiseki, merged it with the casual, affordable, communal vibe of izakaya to create Lure which officially opened in late July.

Wagyu Carpaccio
Wagyu Carpaccio -- truffle oil drizzle, served with creamy tobiko sauce, $12

Lure's menu highlights the 9 most popular cooking styles, offering a choice of 3 to 7 affordable small plate options within each category, allowing guests to pick and choose their own options, at their own pace. A full menu of Sake, beer, wine and craft cocktails presented in a sleek setting designed by Kee Chan, complete the experience.

Lure Izakaya is open Sun-Thur 5pm to Midnight. Fri-Sat 5pm to 2am.

Lure Interior
Lure Izakaya Pup offers a sleek interior designed by co-chef/co-owner Kee Chan
Lure Exterior
Lure Izakaya Pub, 2925 North Halsted, Chicago


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