The best sushi and sashimi is based around using premium, super
fresh seafood. This concept has been taken to another level
at Chicago's hottest Japanese restaurant - Heat, where fresh
just isn't good enough.
Heat's sushi bar is alive, literally, as its foundations comprise
of a series of fish tanks. Offering patrons the opportunity
to select a live fish of their choice, witness its capture and
marvel at its preparation.
Once the sushi chef has worked his magic the expertly sliced
fish is served, with its carcass as garnish. The occasional
twitching of the bones and teeth grinding - in the case of the
mighty blowfish I sampled; serve as testament to its freshness.
Here is how it is done…
Select the live fish.
Score the tail and head.
|3. Remove the fillets. ||
4 . Wash the carcass and blowfish fillets.
Eliminate any pin bones and peel off the outer layer of
Slice the fillets, cutting towards the tail.
Fill a chilled serving bowl with crushed ice, place the
blowfish bones and head on it, garnish with shredded carrot,
daikon radish, lemon slices and sautéed monkfishliver.
Arrange the blowfish slices on the serving dish and flavor
with a touch of fresh lemon juice and chopped chives.
Serve ponzu sauce for dipping.
1507 N. Sedgwick St.
Ph. 312 397 9818
Written & Photographed by: Jeremy Emmerson