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Always a premiere dining destination, the Windy City has seen an unusually large number of new restaurant openings in the past year, reflecting a robust economy and pent-up demand. Italian and seafood concepts seem to dominate, with some Asian and American comfort food thrown in the mix. Here are the latest openings in or near downtown.
Japonais by Morimoto
600 W. Chicago Ave.
Renowned “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto brings his many talents to the revamped Japonais restaurant, which has been made over with walnut tabletops and an open kitchen. A full sushi bar complements a menu of small plates from hamachi tacos to steamed foie gras oysters and new East-meets-West flavors. His omakase menus are especially over the top and in good hands with executive chef Hisanobu Osaka, who worked with Morimoto for eight years.