So my cousin was a guest critic on "Check Please", he reviewed this Japanese restaurant called Meiji on 623 Randolph in Chicago.
To be honest, I was extremely skeptical since my cousin's taste in sushi, far differs from mine. He really prefers the makimono rolls and I tend to lean more to sashimi.
Well to say the least, he totally raves about this place. But doubting the review myself, Shane and I decided to see if it really warranted the title "The Godzilla of all Sushi places".
We went there for dinner on Monday, 10/11/05, we made reservations for 7:30pm and specifically told them that we were bringing our 5 year old daughter with us. There is a specific request that there be no children under 10 years old since it's primarily an adult setting, so right there I really wasn't too thrilled about the place and already expected to get treated like shit but since they took my reservation with the pre-knowledge , I figured we were good to go.
We arrived, got seated immediately, server got us our drink order promptly as well as our soup order. The soup was called sakura chawan. For appetizers we ordered, asparagus ribeye and katsu toji. For the makimono rolls we ordered the yuri, king eel, haru, red dragon and fire dragon. For dessert we both had ginger creme brulee and Brie had strawberry mochi w/ strawberry creme and I also ordered the Raspberry white chocolate liquer.
I have to honestly say the meiji's specialty makimono rolls were fabulous, the desserts were excellent, the service was impeccable, the ambience was fantastic and as pricey as it was, it was definitely worth it.
The owner was walking the dining room asking how everything was, the server was very knowledgeable and explained what every roll was and what was in it. They bought each makimono roll out individually.
My favorite was the king eel and the haru roll. What's so special about the haru roll is that it has no rice it has salmon, tuna, alaskan king crab wrapped in cuccumber in a cuccumber vinegarette sauce.
Is it the "Godzilla of all sushi places"? It doesn't really compare with anything else, it's in a class by itself so far. It's definitely king in terms of their signature makimono rolls.
Shane and I highly recommend this place, but be prepared to bring $$$ and leave the kids at home unless you want preferred seating for dinner between 5pm-6:30pm.
Here's the link to metromix for Meiji
and highly recommended!!!!