Hinoki Sushiko is Hosting a Seven-Course Whiskey Dinner on September 25

Join Chef Gustavo Barahona and Beverage Director Zak Sherman for a very special evening celebrating the diversity and expressiveness of whisky, just in time for fall! Gustavo’s unique menu includes dishes like miso-marinated scallops, Zatta sashimi, Wagyu meatballs and eggplant salad, and silky house-made Tamago. Each dish will be accompanied by a whiskey from the Hinoki Sushiko collection. From 5-7:30 p.m., reservations for this exclusive dining experience are now available for $300 per person (++) through Tock.

Hinoki Sushiko, recently recognized by Michelin as part of its 2022 “Chicago New Discoveries” list, features a distinctive dual concept from Chef Barahona (formerly of Katana) and Beverage Director Sherman. Located in Chicago’s Elston Corridor, a stone’s throw from the anticipated Lincoln Yards project and the new Salt Shed concert hall, the restaurant is smartly and elegantly divided by floor.

The first floor, home to a bar and a slatted wood tree formation that stretches from the floor to the ceiling of its contemporary space, is a 50-seat izakaya-style lounge. A casual type of Japanese bar service, the first-floor menu focuses on small plates to share that pay homage to comfort foods like crispy chicken Karaage, satisfying maki and temaki, chirashi and more. This variety of dishes complements the creative cocktail menu with playful and traditional creations, as well as a diverse library of sakes and whiskeys.

Upstairs, the guests are in a completely different atmosphere. The intimate and stylish dining space for 40 people – which includes a counter and tables – is where Barahona’s unique 15-course Omakase experience takes place. A more approachable and laid-back take on Omakase dining, the atmosphere is relaxed and makes diners comfortable for an evening culinary adventure. Starting at 7 p.m., the 2-3 hour experience features a symphony of fresh fish from Japan, Spain, and around the world. The simplest items, such as nori and Japanese rice, are meticulously imported and selected to provide flavor, texture and quality that celebrates the precisely prepared fish that accompanies them. Recognized by Michelin in 2022, each bite prepared by the passionate Barahona (and his small, equally passionate culinary team) speaks for itself. The Omakase experience at Hinoki Sushiko starts at $150 per person.

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