Playing with Fire

Japanese BBQ and S’mores in Streeterville

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There’s been a lot of talk about the great chefs of Chicago this week.

Naturally, you’ve been wondering how you stack up. It’s about time to find out…

Introducing Gyu-Kaku, a Japanese barbecue spot opening tonight in Streeterville where you’ll be the one manning the stove. Conveniently, the stove is built into your table.

The first thing to know about Gyu-Kaku is how to pronounce it (gew-KAH-koo)—but the rest should come pretty naturally. You’ll be escorted to your table, where the hostess will flick the switch on a small gas stove in the center of it. As it heats up, you’ll pass the time by knocking back a few sakes and regaling your friends with stories of your time as a touring chef for an all-girl Japanese punk band.

Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves (literally: fire’s hot). You’ll choose an appropriate meat for the evening–Kobe, Filet, Chateaubriand, beef tongue, pork jowl–then expertly hold a skewer over it until it reaches the perfect temperature. And while no one cooks a jowl like you do, you’ll soon face the one true test of a culinary master: the s’more.

Next week, you’ll have access to an upstairs lounge, where you’ll sip wine and Japanese beers in a cozy bookshelf-lined den. Pull the right book and the shelves swing back, revealing an entire party room.

Ah, the joys of a good book.


210 E Ohio St
(between Fairbanks and St. Clair)
Chicago, IL, 60611


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