For this year’s manager dinner, we went to Arami. It is so close to the house, just down Chicago Ave, that Etta and I were able to walk over on icy sidewalks. The space is long and somewhat narrow, with organic materials like wood and a huge ball of moss. Etta loved the negroni.
Having read about the many accolades Arami has accumulated for its sushi program, I was excited. Chef Fred did not disappoint! It was some of the best I have ever had, and vaulted Arami onto a short internal list that includes Kai Zan. One piece in particular made use of fresh herbs in a way I had never experienced before.
The biggest problem with the meal was eating it all! The kitchen was so generous and I have trouble with pacing, but I guess that’s my problem. The best part of the meal may have been the mochi ice cream for dessert. The mochi was velvety and the ice cream the perfect sweet treat!