This past weekend I was invited to check out Jellyfish, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge in the heart of the Gold Coast. Mike and I stopped in for a hosted tasting on an beautiful Saturday night in Chicago and were super impressed with the trendy atmosphere, well-paired wines, and, of course, the delicious food.
Jellyfish is located on the second floor, right across from Hugo’s Frog Bar and Gibson’s Steakhouse. We were seated next to the window in the sunroom section of the restaurant and had great views of the high-rises above and all the activity on Rush St. below. On the interior of the restaurant you’ll find the modern bar and booths all bathed in a cool, blue light – definitely not a bad spot to start your Saturday night!
Our tasting started with a crisp glass of Prosecco paired with the Spicy Crab Mini Tacos filled with jumbo lump crab, cilantro, lime tomato, shallots, chives, candied lemon, and jalapeño as well as the Sizzling Stone – Wagyu beef cooked table side on a hot stone with sweet ponzu. The tacos were a great refreshing start but the wagyu stole the show; if you enjoy beef, this is a dish you don’t want to miss at Jellyfish. They bring out the hot stone along with the beef and you cook it yourself right there on the table. The beef is sliced thin so it only takes about 10-15 seconds on each side. The marbling of the beef made for some tasty, incredibly tender bites hot off the stone!
Next up was our sushi course that was paired with a glass of sake. I’m a big fan of sushi but my experience with sake is limited to a few sake bombs I had about 6-7 years ago, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The first sip was a bit strong but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it when I took another sip after a bite of the sushi. That’s what great food and wine pairings are all about, right?!
We shared the Angry Jalapeño roll along with the Pink Flower Roll. The former was filled with spicy tuna and cucumber and topped with hamachi and jalapeño sauce. The latter was filled with salmon, crab, cream cheese, avocado, and cucumber and wrapped in soy paper. While the Pink Flower was good (I’d skip it on a return trip), the Angry Jalapeño was da bomb.com. Seriously. Super fresh and I loved the little kick of spiciness. Highly recommend this roll at Jellyfish!
Next up was the main event, proof that Jellyfish is not just a sushi restaurant. We had a fantastic glass of Pinot Noir along with the Arctic Char special and the Roasted Pork Belly. The arctic char was served with mussels, carrots, green beans, red onion, fresno peppers, and curry sauce – a Thai-inspired dish with perfectly cooked fish that hit the spot. The pork belly was slow cooked, topped with pineapple relish, and served with a side of yuzu coleslaw. The pork melted in our mouths and the sweetness and acidity of the relish and the coleslaw were great complements.
Last but certainly not least was the Warm Banana Donut dessert – warm banana doughnuts, blueberry compote, ice cream, and espresso cream. This was paired with a glass of port and we thoroughly enjoyed both. The doughnuts were served warm and everything on the plate went together for the perfect sweet ending.
If you’re in the area I definitely recommend giving Jellyfish a try. Lucky for you I recently discovered TableSAVVY and Jellyfish is one of their restaurants! With TableSAVVY you can book last-minute reservations and get 30% off your meal, and who doesn’t want 30% off?! When you sign-up you get a $5 credit which will cover your first reservation, so it’s a no-brainer!
I was invited to Jellyfish for a hosted tasting but received no monetary compensation in return for a blog post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Jellyfish is located at 1009 N. Rush St. in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.