Aug 132011

Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Chicago, IL
Address: 100 E. Algonquin Road    Arlington Hts., IL 60005 (847) 956-6699
Links: Mitsuwa Website * Mitsuwa on Facebook

Atmosphere: Mitsuwa is a HUGE, huge building just off I-90 and Arlington Heights Road.  It is the largest Japanese Market in the United States, with just about everything Japanese you could ever hope to find in a grocery store outside of Japan.  At the back corner of the building there is a Food Court with at least 5 Japanese Restaurants.  Each of them offers counter-service where they give you a number and call it when your order is ready.   You need not know Japanese to eat or order, because all of the menus include a photo of the food item.

My companions and I ate at this one with the blue-tiled roof, where they sold various rice and noodle bowls.

I ordered the Pork Cutlet, which was breaded and fried and served atop a bowl of white rice, with a steamed egg on top.  It also came with a cup of Miso Soup.  Very simple yet filling dish.  I loved the combo of tastes and textures.

My companion ordered Shrimp Tempura, which came with Tempura-battered veggies and shrimp, served over a bowl of white rice with a cup of miso soup.  Very good!

Another companion tried the Chicken Katsu, which is a chicken breast breaded with panko and then deep fried.  It was served with a dark sauce for dipping.  The chicken came atop a bed of cabbage with a small scoop of a “mashed”  potato salad on the side, as well as a small serving of miso soup.

We also tried the Soba Noodles with Beef.  The beef was thinly sliced (like sukiyaki beef) and tasted great, but I wasn’t a big fan of the noodles or the broth, both were kind of boring.

I also bought some sushi from the large selection of pre-packaged sushi in the sushi-case at Mitsuwa.

I tried spicy tuna and spicy salmon rolls.  Both very good!

Overall Impression: If you enjoy Japanese cooking or dining, Mitsuwa is like a dream-come-true.  The Chicago location is very impressive and bound to offer you whatever Japanese market items you are looking for.  Stop by the next time you’re near Chicago!
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