Fluffy soufflé pancakes at Hanabusa Cafe

 

After seeing these fancy delightful jiggly soufflé pancakes online, we had to check out Hanabusa Cafe – we made a special effort to get there right at opening (for once my husband, who is perpetually late, managed to be on time) because we heard if you miss the first round, the wait for a table in their small location and cooking (‘please allow 20 minutes for the souffle’) can really add up.  Despite our efforts, we still ended up waiting 40+ minutes for our food. The decorations are absolutely adorable with instagrammable backgrounds and gold flatware. The pancake lived up to jiggly expectations and was tasty. Worth the wait? Not sure – glad we tried it but not going to be a frequent flyer. Check them out on Yelp or at their Website!

Happy Lamb Hot Pot – Chicago Chinatown!

We long been fans of Fat Little Lamb (Xiao Fei Yang), but wanted to try Happy Lamb Hot Pot (快乐小羊) instead this time. Though as my husband says, not sure why the lambs are happy if they’re the star of the meal.

Came at 8PM on a Saturday night. Told it’d be a one hour wait. Put down our names – got a menu with our number #108 and a pen to circle with. Walked around for 15 min and got pastries and then came back to see that they were running through the list pretty quickly. A few parties didn’t come back after putting their names down so we got seated closer to 30 min. Also there’s ice cream and candy while you wait.

If you’re a starving teenaged boy, all you can eat ($22.99) is a good option, but for everyone else, I definitely recommend the a la carte menu. You get more options including my husband’s favorite rolled chicken. The two of us way over-ordered and only hit $60. I also feel less stressed this way because you’ll get charged extra for AYCE if you don’t finish!

Half and half is the way to go with broth, it’s not too spicy here. Weirdly no sauce bar because they say their broth doesn’t need it, but I always need a healthy serving of vinegar which they happily provided. We had already selected everything while waiting and were brought our orders at astounding speed.

Watermelon juice is also refreshing and helps cut the spice. I hear it’s also BYOB though haven’t done so myself. The best meat is the marbled lamb – so tender!! We also like the taro, napa, and noodles. The angus beef was not as good as the lamb.

Overall an awesome time, definitely our new favorite hot pot place! Check them out on Yelp!

 

Delectable flavors at Jeni’s Ice Cream in West Loop

Stopped by this bustling ice cream shop because of the line despite the freezing cold weather – any ice cream shop that can stay this busy during the winter must be good! I loved the wide range of flavors and the patience with letting us sample different ones – a lot of fun and the ice cream was delicious. Can’t wait to come back in warmer weather. Check them out on Yelp or at their website.

Formento’s in West Loop

We wandered around West Loop one evening looking for somewhere to eat, went in and out of a few restaurants before settling on Formento’s given their good yelp reviews and lack of a wait.

The location and atmosphere was nice, good for a date. We sat at the bar though, and had the most unfriendly bartender I’ve ever encountered. She didn’t do anything outright mean, but was disagreeable and seemed angry about something – maybe she was having a bad night, but despite our extra efforts to be considerate and nice to her, she was very cold and just unpleasant.

Besides that, the food was good – my pasta was a lovely thick bucatini al dente noodles and our salad was great as well.

Good food, unpleasant bartender – not sure we’ll be back. Check them out on Yelp or at their website.

Just opened! Snapshots from Time Out Market Chicago

We were super excited to try out the brand new food hall Time Out Market Chicago; replacing the hole in our hearts that the closing of Fulton Galley left. Food halls are great for meet ups with friends because everyone can get what they want and this one is so big that there are so many options! Cocktails will run you a steep $17 at the speakeasy tiki bar and food is also relatively pricey for what I thought was just okay food, but the hip location and wide variety makes it worth a visit. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

Rooh, Chicago West Loop

One of our friends recommended this to us and I have to say this is probably one of our new favorite Chicago restaurants. Full of flavor, interesting cocktails, and a lovely setting.

Their naan is thick, warm, delicious and fresh. It’s expensive though as you only get one piece but it’s so worth it.

I loved the cocktail wheel of flavors – really nice way to present this.

My husband who drinks water like a fiend never went empty – props to that.

A special occasion, ended up being about $60/person but such a great experience!

Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

Fancy food court – Fulton Galley in West Loop

 

I love having a variety of places to choose from and Fulton Galley has such a great range! Despite there being almost no one on the cold streets, this place was hopping. Great cocktail list and three little cute almost like pop-up shops to choose from. The kung pao noodles were unfortunately way too spicy for us and we had to go back and get another order but the cacio e pepe was divine. Great options if you’re with people who don’t like the same types of foods – and I’m so sad to hear they’re closing! Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

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