Lure Izakaya | Lincoln Park | Asian, Japanese | Restaurant

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Hours: Dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 2, other nights till midnight

Price: $$

Sushi specialist Macku Chan gives it another go in the old Erwin space with an izakaya serving simple food that lets the ingredients shine.

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The Chan brothers, Macku and Kee, did wondrous things with sushi at Mirai and Heat, but at Lure Izakaya they've taken a surprisingly straightforward approach to Japanese drinking food, allowing the superior quality of their product to show. Take the sanma, a needlelike mackerel pike, laid to rest on the plate with nothing but a lemon wedge, its belly neatly folded open to reveal grill-kissed crispy skin on oily, fully fishy flesh. Rich but delicate dishes predominate, like slices of barely seared salmon in a sake sauce or fatty slabs of rare seared duck breast dressed in vinaigrette—a treatment normally given to fried fish, but one that's just as appealing here. The kitchen doesn't seem as capable of harnessing this nimbleness and delicacy when it comes to fried items, except for the fried chicken karaage, tender, crunchy nuggets bedded on a bowl of rice. Overall this is a welcome return for Lure, but it's complicated. While there are some terrific deals on sake and a host of ambitious cocktails, they're served in an environment that inhibits the kind of conviviality you'd expect in what's supposed to amount to a pub. I hope Lure 2.0 overcomes these liabilities and catches fire, because it's offering some of the most honest Japanese soul food in town—and certainly the best from the Chan brothers in a long time. But you don't just need food and drink for a party—you need people.

Mike Sula

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Price: $$

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