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Buca di Beppo/ Tsunami -- Group Dining

critical1 | Nov 23, 200312:02 PM

Its been a feasting weekend. On Friday, we had a surprise group dinner for my girlfriend at Buca Di Beppo on Rush and Grand. Say what you will about this so chowhoundish name. Chain this, chain that. Chef Boyardee this, blah blah that. It was an awesome time. And the food was actually really good. We wanted something fun that fit in everyone’s budget. Well, Buca was perfect. Our 18 person party was sat in the “Pope Room”, it was a private dining room with a giant round table with a throne for our birthday girl. There was plenty of food, and drinks to go around….and the damage came out to $30 a person. The one dish I do recommend is the Chicken Saltimbocca—it is pounded chicken breast with prosciutto and capers in a lemon butter white wine sauce. It is VERY, VERY good. We finished our meal with a nice cake from Bittersweet. Yum. Overall, I boldly claim that it was a very good experience, and I would recommend this place to anyone in need of a place to dine and to have a fun time with a large group.

Saturday night was part three of the birthday trilogy. We pretty much had the entire upstairs at Tsunami for a group of 30. Tsunami has been my favorite upscale Japanese restaurant for quite a while now. If I wanted to impress someone, this is where I go. I had my birthday dinner party here. I had my company’s Christmas dinner here. Never fails to impress. Their sushi is as good as any in the city. But, I really don’t go here for the sushi. I go here for the Kamachi Hama (fish cheek.) It is awesome here. It’s hard to find it anywhere, and if you do, it’s usually small and dry. At Tsunami, it is meaty and juicy, perfect taste. I usually order the always perfect sea bass entrée. A roll I really like here is the Sumo Roll. Try it, its addictive! The staff is professional and friendly. The management is always on point and treated me great. Last night wasn’t any different. Giant bottles of nice sake. Maki’s all around. Great service. Capping it off with 2 Swedish Bakery strawberry cream cakes. What a great time.

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