Boka -- Chicago Reviews
Boka Brings Joy To My Tongue Jun 15, 2011
Boka. Period. What more is there to say about a place where it's all about the sights, the sounds, the smells and last but certainly not least the tastes. Walking up to the restaurant it looks like your usual Chicago restaurant.. along with the black canopy and outside dining area. The night we had gone it was raining, and I mean hurricane style rain not just a slight drizzle so the outdoor patio looked very mushed up but upon opening the doors... I felt like I was royalty. We were met by a nice gentleman who took our coast, umbrellas and such and were then greeted by friendly hostesses who showed us to the "lounge" seating area to await our other guests. The seating was typical but had a great atmosphere. After waiting for a couple minutes for the rest of the party to arrive the hostess sat us at our table. We had reservations which is HIGHLY recommended as the place is intimate. There is a remarkable wall of "art".. taking you back to the days where you would string blankets around your living room to make a "tent" .. it's sheer fabric strung from the ceiling to the wall making the moment almost magical.
We sat down and were immediately greeted by our waitress who was very sincere and knowledgeable (DUH!). We took a few to look through the wine, cocktail and food menu and each of us decided on a drink. I love places where you can describe what taste you want and they can whip up something delicious and keep em' coming. While we were sipping away and might I add that the drinks were delicious, not too strong and just enough pizzaz. The waitress then told us about this FABULOUS 6 or 9 course tasting menu that the chef prepares exclusively for each table, making them all unique which I find incredible in itself. We decided on that!! .. boy were we happy. I cannot even describe what was brought out the way it ought to be described but all I can say is.. AMAZING!!!!
We had a bento box, seared tuna, ostrich egg, oysters that were so fresh and delicious that they practically melted upon hitting your lips. The soft shell crab almost made me want to cry it was so delectable. A highlight was the rare striploin that was prepared and then baked chicken that puts all other chicken to shame.
If you are going with a group I certainly would say go with the tasting menu as it's always a great time to experience it with as many as you can but even with two people the experience would be memorable. Take your time. Repeat.. Take your time. Enjoy. These dishes are meant to be paired and savored.
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