Entries Tagged as 'salmon'

Yummy Treats!

December 23rd, 2012 · No Comments


Salmon from Jordan and Liz and paleo snacks from Caroline and Jose!

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Roka Akor

January 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Roka Akor

Red Miso Soup with Lobster

Butterfish Roll

Wagyu Beef and Kimchi Dumplings


Salmon Teriyaki

Pickled Cucumber

Steamed Rice with Furikake

Another look at Alden’s steak.

A several months ago, I earned enough Open Table points to get me $20 off any Open Table restaurant bill. Since a bunch of the points were earned when Alden and I went out for lunches in River North, I thought it appropriate that I take him out to use my check.

We decided to go to Roka Akor, a fancy schmancy sushi restaurant and Japanese robata grill that we probably wouldn’t go to at dinner because it would be too expensive. It was a bit expensive even for lunch, but at least we got $20 off. We both decided to get the Roka Akor Business Lunch ($24 each), which includes red miso soup with lobster, Wagyu beef and kimchi dumplings, spicy crispy butterfish sushi rolls, steamed rice, and your choice of an entree. The entrees offerred were salmon teriyaki with pickled cucumber, cumin BBQ pork loin with shaved vegetables and cilantro, grilled seasonal vegetables with truffle soy butter, a 6 oz. prime beef filet or prime skirt steak. The steaks were $6 more. Alden went all out and got the steak. I got the salmon.

Everything that we had was pretty good. My salmon was very tasty and the portion size was larger than what I expected, for sure. Alden gave me a piece of his steak and it was flavorful and tender. I’m not a huge steak person, but it was really good. The pickled cucumber wasn’t too pickled, really refreshing. I also really liked the butterfish rolls and could see coming here for sushi and not even getting things from the grill. I thought the dumplings were alright. Not the stars of the show. The miso soup was pretty good too, but not outstanding.

I never had food cooked on the robata grill (high-heat method of searing and cooking using expensive, imported binchotan charcoal from Japan) and it was great. The grill area at Roka Akor is really pretty and it’s wide open so you can see the cooks using this unique grill. I would come back to Roka Akor, but probably only for a special occasion dinner. Just because I’m sure it tends to get swanky at night and the dinner prices can get expensive, but the food was great and the service was good, as well.

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April 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Chop Chop Salad: Iceburg, Romaine, Diced Beets, Hearts Of Palm, Celery, Onions, Carrots, Tomatoes, Pepper Medley, Corn & Gorgonzola, Cucumbers, Kalamata Olives, Apple Smoked Bacon, Red Wine Vinaigrette

Grilled Salmon Salad: Herb Dusted Scottish Salmon Filet, Wild Greens, Orange Supremes, Red Onions, Candied Walnuts, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Citrus Vinaigrette

Jess and I tried a new (to us) place for lunch: Eatt. I liked the look of it on the outside. When we went in I didn’t expect it was going to look like a diner with booths, but the inside was nice too. We both got salads. As you can see, they were gigantic. I wished I’d asked for dressing on the side so I could have taken my leftovers home without them getting wilty and gross. I liked my salmon salad, but the waiter recommended I get my salmon cooked medium, and I did.. when it came out it was definitely not cooked all the way through. I ate the edges, which were tasty, but I couldn’t eat the middle parts. Still, I’d go back.

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