Anniversary at Naha
Andrew and I have been together for four years now, and we decided to go to Naha to celebrate this occasion, especially since I had bought a Travelzoo deal for a 7-course dinner there that was about to expire. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since reviews were either hits or misses.
Before I get into the drinks and the bulk of the meal, I must RAVE about the French-kissed oyster starter. The oysters are flown in every other day from New Brunswick, and you can definitely differentiate them from those served at other Chicago restaurants that do not fly them in regularly. The champagne sorbet on top added some light flavoring, accentuating the freshness of the oyster. If only there were a dozen of these oysters (I’ve never said that before)!
We were welcomed with two refreshing St. Germaine cocktails with a splash of citrus. If you are into something a little less girly, I’d recommend the Neversummer, which may sound girly but is a strong mix of bourbon and gingerbread tea!
When I go to a fine dining restaurant, I’m always excited to see what they have for bread service. At Naha, I could not stop spreading the rich, smooth butter on their soft, comforting cranberry bread. I enjoyed it so much I asked for another plate of carbs, which I devoured.
I was very excited when we were served the blue hubbard squash soup. It was freezing outside so I was more than ready to warm up with a creamy bowl of coziness.
Then the carnivorous dishes started coming, starting with diver scallop, which was cooked perfectly and would have been divine if it only had that single slice of prosciutto on top. But somehow, a slice of grapefruit made its way onto the dish, making a discordant mesh of ingredients.
My favorite meat dish was definitely the red wine braised short rib, which was paired with a ricotta cannelloni. Please give me some more of that short rib to melt in my mouth!!!
Side note: When we were seated, I immediately noticed the kind nature of the wait staff (including the busboys)—they were always smiling and brought positive energy. Service really affects how you perceive a meal at a fine dining establishment!
I really wish they had a printed menu delineating some of the items of the dessert platter. In any case, it was a beautifully done crunchy, crispy and creamy composition of chocolate and popcorn. I was ready to leave with a content palate, but then we were served a pair of white almond lokum (Turkish delight), which were definitely on par with the ones I had in Turkey! Now that’s how to end dinner on a high note!
- Naha still has this awesome 7-course deal on Travelzoo so get it before it sells out!
- I highly recommend you to get a cocktail or two - they are classy yet modern and fun!