Takashi’s Bleeding Heart Menu/Top Chef of Slurping Turtle


I did a huge Valentine’s Day list and failed to add on foodie favorite Takashi. Hopefully there’s no love lost with fans of the award-winning restaurant with this spotlight on their culinary ode to amor. This Valentine’s Day, Chef Takashi Yagihashi is honoring the day of love and romance with a special Eight Course “Bleeding Heart” Tasting Menu at his four-time Michelin star winning restaurant Takashi (1952 North Damen). Offered Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15, this decadent menu ($110 per guest, optional wine pairing an additional $60 per guest) will feature Valentine’s Day inspired ingredients served in Takashi’s intimate and romantic dining room. Full menu for the evening includes:

Miyagi Oyster With Blood Orange Pave Vinaigrette

Big Eye Tuna Tataki With Hearts Of Palm

Crudo Of Maine Sweet Shrimp And Scallops With Bleeding Heart Raddish

Butter Packed Lobster With Braised Heart Of Romaine Lettuce With Celery Root Remoulade, Vanilla Sauce

Sautéed Sweetbreads With Wild Mushroom Fricassee, Port Truffle Vinaigrette

Roasted Washugyu Beef And Seared Foie Gras On Braised Hearts Of Endive

Coffee And Chocolate Affair

Passion Fruit Soufflé

Prices listed are exclusive of tax and gratuity. A credit card is required to hold reservations, 48-hour cancellation policy with $25 fee per person. Reservations are available on Friday, February 14 from 5:30-9:30pm and Saturday, February 15 from 5:30-10pm. For reservations or additional information, please call (773) 772-6170 or visit www.takashichicago.com.


And if you don’t want to wait until Valentine’s Day to go out and enjoy something from Chef Takashi Yagihashi, you can head to his other restaurant, The Slurping Turtle (116 West Hubbard), on February 5 for his return to the Top Chef stage as a judge. After being voted Fan Favorite on the fourth season of Top Chef Masters, Chef Takashi is being called back to serve as a judge on the finale of Top Chef Season 11, filmed in Hawaii and airing Wednesday, February 5 on Bravo. Joining Chef Takashi at the judges’ table will be Chef Masaharu Morimoto, owner of Morimoto Restaurant Group, Chef Paul Bartolotta, owner of Bartolotta Di Mare, Chef David Kinch, owner of Manresa along with series judges Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Emeril Lagasse.

Top Chef fans are invited to watch the action at Slurping Turtle’s Top Chef Finale Viewing Party on the restaurant’s large movie-style screens. Additionally, Chef Takashi and Season 11 Contestant & Slurping Turtle Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri will be preparing a special collaborative Hawaiian-inspired menu ($50 per person), including:

First Course:

Tuna Poke
Puffed Rice, Dragon fruit, Pineapple,

Lemongrass-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, Cilantro

Second Course:

Chilled Lobster
Hearts of Palm, Arugula, Brown Butter, Avocado, Charred-pickled Onions, Truffle Champagne Vinaigrette

Third Course:

BBQ Short Rib Taco

Pickled Pineapple, Kona Coffee BBQ Sauce

Fourth Course:

Spam Ramen

Maui Onion, Tofu, Pork Shoulder

Fifth Course:

Cream Puff (Vanilla/Green Tea/Coconut/Chocolate)