Broadway Street in Lakeview has several good sushi options. A year ago, an interior design George P. decided to throw his hat into the ring by opening a sushi restaurant name Shiawase which means Happiness in Japanese. Co-owner Wany Phuang, has worked in the restaurant industry for over ten years and opening the restaurant was her dream. George P. interior design aesthetic is found in the contemporary Japanese design.
The wooden tables, luxurious booths, and contemporary curved wooden chairs encourage interaction between patrons. Bar seats in front of the sushi bar offer a great view of the centerpiece which is the custom built sushi bar. It is made from Pecking Cypress wood from Florida. The lighting is enhanced by pink/purple pendant lights. The natural wood feels in the overall interior has been centered around the simple, clean lines of contemporary Japanese design.
I started my Saturday brunch with the robata platter serve. It is the perfect size to eat alone or to share. The owner said it was popular to order with rice. I agreed to eat it with rice if I wasn't planning to order ramen after.
The Robata Platter comes with shishito pepper, eggplant, chicken, pork, ribeye, bacon asparagus, bacon cherry tomato, shrimp miso and I added Bacon Scallop. Robata or Robatayaki is a Japanese method of slow-grilled over hot charcoal.
My top 4 items robata menu you must try are:
- Bacon Scallop Robata
Bacon Wrapped Large Scallop. I can capture the distinct aroma flavor of charcoal from this giant scallop.
- Ribeye robata:
the perfect portion of meat on the skewer that has been marinated in house special sauce and are flavorful and nutty with a hint of the charcoal flavor.
- Bacon Cherry tomato:
I never thought grilled cherry tomato and bacon would work, but Shiawase proves that Bacon can make magic with every food. I love the tomato juice that comes out after you bite into the bacon wrapped red tomato cherry. Simply delicious.
- Escolar Robata:
Escolar is well known for being fatty and creamy and is served with ponzu sauce to compliment the fish.
For the second appetizer, I had the Sashimi Matsu set that was absolutely fresh and well presented and decorated on a rectangular glass plate. This set comes with 20 pieces of sashimi; salmon, tuna, super white tuna, yellowtail, ame-Ebi, Ika, Tako & ebi.
For the main course, I had Lobster Signature Maki, Sakura Signature Maki, and Combination Spicy Miso Ramen Soup.
I heard so many good things about the ramen here. So It was a time to come by and taste some for me . I ordered the Combination bowl which served in a traditional ramen style bowl with ramen base topped with marinated chicken drumstick, Cha-Shu pork, Grilled Shrimps, sweet corn, boiled egg, and seaweed, in a spicy miso broth. The broth itself had so many different dimensions of flavor. It wasn't overly spicy but give a little hint of heat from the chili which was complemented by the creaminess from the sweet corn. The owner said the broth took three days to cook to reach its perfect flavor. I think the star of this bowl was the marinated drumstick chicken which was so tender. The marinade sauce came through in each layer of the meat. I could eat this bowl Every week for the entire winter. It is the perfect comfort food.
Lobster Signature Maki: served on bamboo sushi board with a stunning lobster tail as decoration. It was a version of lobster roll but in a deep fried sushi rice roll (instead of bread) topped with spicy lobster mixed, black tobiko and radish sprout.
Sakura: for someone who want to go light on the carbs try this roll. It is rice-free with salmon, tuna, yellowtail, kankama, masago, asparagus, mango, spring mixed, ponzu sauce
Atmosphere: Contemporary Japanese design.
What to eat: Robatas- Robata Platter ( 13 ), Escolar ( 4 ), Bacon Scallop (4), Ribeye robata (3)
Vegan option- Eggplant Miso Robatas (1)
Sashimi Set - Sashimi Matsu ( 35 )
Signature Maki-Crystal (14), Lobster (15), Four Seasons (15)
Veggie Lover Maki - Yasai (7), Garden (7)
Ramen - Ramen Noodle Miso-Spicy Miso Soup (12-18)
What to drink: BYOB
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1/28/2016 09:39:30 pm
Great review! Can't wait to try more dishes at this place soon!
1/28/2016 09:52:09 pm
My favorite place for Robatas, fresh sushi and delicious ramen! Definitely my new go to Japanese Restaurant
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