After making a name for his tasting menus at Lincoln Park's Juno, veteran chef B.K. Park has spun out this inspiring shrine to omakase. With nothing but a single plaque marking its entrance, this Japanese gem can be tough to spot. But once inside its tranquil dining room, the surrounding din of roaring traffic fades into the background and you’ll be entirely transfixed by the chef's dedication to the sushi craft.
Mako is a hot ticket, with just 22 seats from which one can savor the smartly considered omakase that goes beyond tradition. Throughout the evening, Chef Park and his itamae showcase their style through unique, flavorful adornments such as sudachi juice, garlic soy, and sesame-pepper soy applied to a wide variety of fish. Equally enticing are cooked dishes, like poached abalone braised with soy and finished with XO sauce; as well as grilled black cod with burnt scallion ponzu. Not to be outdone, artistically presented chutoro and smoked salmon sashimi flaunt fantastic flavor and flawless texture. Chawanmushi stocked with earthy mushroom and sweet crab is the very essence of refinement.
Dessert is not an afterthought, as seen in sweet potato with whiskey caramel and crème Diplomat.