One of the perks of being an editor at UrbanMatter is the opportunity it gives you to try restaurants that might not otherwise be on your radar. Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of discovering the brand new omakase experience, Sushi by Bou, at the Lincoln Hotel which will open to the public on January 21, 2022.
The concept, signed Simple Venue, is a timed omakase experience (30 minutes/12 pieces/$50 per person or 60 minutes/17 dishes/$100 per person) where the choice of sushi is entirely left to the chef. For some, the mere thought of leaving their dinner to someone other than themselves is frightening. At Sushi By Bou, it’s worth it. And then some.
The intimate omakase speakeasy sushi experience that has become popular in big cities like New York and Miami is now coming to Chicago. The chic lounge is the sister restaurant to the highly acclaimed Sushi Suite 202 concept, which opened in 2019 at the Lincoln Hotel, and Sushi Boutique which opened in October 2021 at the Claridge House Hotel on the Gold Coast.
The Sushi by Bou menu features the freshest fish, both locally sourced and imported from around the world. Seasoned sushi chefs serve guests directly, guiding them through the meal, providing a truly exclusive and personalized experience. We enjoyed the company of Chef Navakun Taviwat, a seasoned veteran with a passion for his craft. He shared stories from his time in Seattle and New York, and growing up in Vietnam before coming to the United States. If you’re lucky enough, he might also enjoy a sip of good sake with you.
Sushi by Bou omakase regularly offers top-quality selections, including Hamachi (yellow series); Botan Ebi (spot prawn); Ikura (salmon roe); Hotate (scallop); O-Toro (fatty tuna); Unagi (barbecue eel); and their signature Wagyuni (“surf and turf”). Hand rolls can be made upon request from any of the various sushi cuts and additional a la carte cuts can also be ordered. Meals can be rounded off sweetly with a delicious bite of mochi ice cream.
Sushi by Bou’s elegantly presented cuisine is greatly complemented by Japanese beers as well as imported sake and a selection of whiskeys from their whiskey library. Sushi by Bou’s handmade cocktails are distinguished by high-end market-fresh ingredients. Among them, the guests will savor Nip in the egg (Japanese whiskey, sweet vermouth, ginger liqueur, Cocchi Americano, lemon zest), summer campfire (Bourbon whiskey, Islay scotch whisky, yuzu juice, 4-spice honey syrup, ginger beer, spring mint), Never too sweet (Bourbon whiskey, dry curaçao, chilli bitters, and smoked sage, rosemary, thyme), First time (Tequila Blanco, Grapefruit liqueur, grapefruit juice, lime juice), and Southern Shiso (Suntory haku vodka, shiso leaves, simple syrup, lime juice). In addition to specialty cocktails, Sushi by Bou will offer approximately 40 whiskey options, as well as whiskey and sake flight options.
Sushi by Bou will be open for dinner on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The last service is 45 minutes before closing and reservations can be made at sushibybou.com Where open table. No take-out or delivery available.
About simple place
SimpleVenue is a New York-based hospitality group led by restaurateurs Michael Sinensky and Erika London that specializes in micro restaurants and bringing incredible concepts to underutilized spaces. With over 15 years of experience, Simple Venue brings a sleek, new twist to a classic take on the old school sushi counter. Sushi by
Bou and Sushi Suite currently have locations inside the Sanctuary Hotel in Times Square, both in the lobby and inside a hotel room at Hotel 3232 in Nomad, Lincoln Hotel in Chicago and the iconic Versace Mansion in Miami. Simple Venue connects experiential dining and beverage concepts with world-class venues to transform underutilized real estate into revenue-generating spaces. For more information, visit their website.
About the Lincoln Hotel
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood at 1816 N. Clark St., The Lincoln Hotel offers fun and eclectic stays where the energy of city living meets 1,200 acres of greenery and Lake Michigan. Originally built in the 1920s, the 184-room property reopened in 2012 as Hotel Joie de Vivre, whose parent company is CoralTree Hospitality. Named one of Chicago’s Best Boutique Hotels by Travel + Leisure, the property offers uniquely appointed guest rooms; meeting space, stunning views of Lake Michigan; a European-style coffee bar on the lobby level at Elaine’s Coffee Call; a sprawling rooftop lounge with indoor and outdoor seating at J. Parker; immediate access to the elevated neighborhood restaurant, The Kennison on the ground floor; and the highly acclaimed Sushi Suite 202. The hotel’s prime location is within walking distance of the area’s most popular attractions, such as Lincoln Park Zoo, Green City Market, and more, providing a true community anchor and a link with urban life.
All photos courtesy of Alexis Carranza