Chicago >Food & Dining > K. Kevin
9 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.889975 -87.628637
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Very disappointing – After all I had heard of the food at Kevin, the four of us were disappointed. The food was good, but not exceptional, especially for the high price. More than the food disappointing us was the service. The busboy literally threw down the plates, grabbed things very fast, spilled both wine and water on table and just really made us feel like he wanted us out of there. It is very surprising that a restaurant the deems itself fine dining has such very poorly trained staff who bring down the image of the restaurant.
Heavenly! – My friends took me here for my birthday and it was great. The chef made a cake at their request and it was beautiful as well as delicious. The food was cooked to perfection and the portions were quite adequate for an upscale French restaurant. This will definitely remain one of my favorites.
Light, fresh flavors shine through at this contemporary, Asian-inspired French spot in River North. – The Scene
Exposed brick and wood lend a comfortably spare feel to this warmly lit space, while subtle Asian accents hint at chef-owner Kevin Shikami's Japanese background. Natural light floods in from the French doors up front; two-person booths and close tables make for an intimate vibe.
Shikami prides himself on cooking with very little butter or cream, a technique that results in clean, vibrant, delectably light flavors. Many dishes on the oft-changing French menu have an Asian twist. Refreshing tuna tartare, a signature item, is spicy with soy wasabi; goat cheese adds tang to wild mushroom pot stickers and seared ostrich with white-truffle oil polenta. Entrees shine, like grilled salmon with chili salad or tempura of tilapia wrapped in portobello mushroom. Sweet finishes are found all over the dessert menu, from frozen coconut parfait with chocolate sauce (better than a Mounds bar) to praline custard Napoleon with sweet orange syrup.
Rather Disappointed – After all the hype over Kevin, my expectations were not met. The service was average and the salmon that I had was tasteless and uneventful. I've had better salmon from Whole Foods (and cooked at home). My entree was overpriced for the taste and presentation. The ambience was chic and trendy, so go for a glass of wine and hang out before going to a restaurtant with better food.
A Perfect Night Out – I've brought my girlfriend here for the last 2 Valentine's Days. I must say that after living in Chicago for 3 years this is my favorite place to dine. The food is to die for (best salmon I've tasted, great ahi also), the atmosphere is very comfortable (they don't over book reservations), and the waitstaff is very knowledgeable. The chocolate covered strawberries is also a great little treat to end the night. This is a place I would take my parents to.
A treat off the Mile – After seeing so many Bistros & Chains off Michigan Ave, what a delight to discover Kevin's.
We arrived to a mostly empty restaurant at 5:45PM. Leaving around 7:30, the place was packed, and folks were lined up at the bar. MAKE RESERVATIONS!
The TarTar deserves to be their signature dish - it was amazing. Some of the entrees were a bit pricey for what they offered (expect very small portions, except for the salmon, which was ample).
The wine list is pricey and limited, but the service was impeccible, knowledgeable, but not snooty at all. The flavors were light & clean. Highly recommended.
A Must for Everyone – Kevin is truly one of Chicago's greatest gems. Many of Chicago's nice restaurants feature great food, wine, or atmosphere, but not all of the above. This place has it all. Throw in a knowlegable staff and great space and you have an unforgettable evening. I have several friends who are in the restaurant circle in NYC. This was the first place that they made sure to visit. This place is great for business or romance--any occassion when you want to impress.
Eye Opener – I had read about Kevin Shikami in Food & Wine magazine (one of the top 25 up and coming chiefs). My family found the restaurant by accident (lost as usual) but it's exterior implies that something special awaits you inside. We arrived near the end of lunch service, but the hostess and wait staff made us feel welcome. The mid-day menu included seared tuna in a walnut oil, soy and balsamic vinaigrette, a sauteed Breast of Duck salad in Star Anise Vinaigrette with Peach, Mushrooms, Carmelized Onion and Tart Cherries, a cold Soba Noodle with Sesame, Chile and soy, and Crisp Crab Cakes on a warm red potato salad. There was sufficient variety and every dish was a winner. Chief Shikami is definitely as rising star to be watched. This restaurant will top my list the next time I am in Chicago
worth a visit – Good wine list with large selection of smaller vinyards at reasonable prices. All the food was presented timely, beautifully, and temperature appropriate. Excellent use of flavor and fresh ingredients. The only draw back is that the asian fusion theme is a bit overdone and carries over into too many of the dishes. A little more separation would have been preferred. For example, wasabi infused anything, let alone grilled salmon or seared tuna, lost its originality sometime during the last millenium.
Nice Restaurant – The food was great the atmosphere was wonderful but the service was patchy at best. We saw tables around us being served quite promptly while we waited betweejn servings at length. A leisurely lunch was fime for us, but if you're in a hurry, let the wait staff know before service begins. Abit pricey, but the food is worth it.
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