I have to say that Wisconsin treated this Cleveland hound just right!
First, the highlight; Izumi's in Milwaukee. Wowee, wow, wow. We went on a thrusday afternoon and everything was wonderful. Decor was standard modern fare, nice. Liked the open space, tables were spread out, flatware was nice....blah, blah, blah.
Ok, the food. Ordered Ikura with quail egg as app. and chirashi bowl as entree. Even though quail egg wasn't on menu, waiter just nodded and out it came. I also noticed after that the older sushi chef kept a close eye on our table and nodded when I caught his eye when I smiled in approval. Salmon roe was wonderful with just the right amount of seafoody saltiness and the quail egg was super fresh and an elegant accompaniment. Great way to start off meal.
Ok, as we all know, sometimes it's the little things. Miso soup came out and it hand't seperated AND didn't need to be stirred every two seconds. But the killer was the green onion. It was still crunchy! It had to have been chopped and put into the soup at the last second. We weren't in kansas anymore, that is for sure. I know, no big whoop, right? I am so tired of TIRED sushi places that don't do the DETAILS right and Izumi's really impressed me with it's attention to detail.
Chirashi bowl was wonderul, not too big or small and not nor trying to hide their fish behind too much rice or too much bonito flake (or anything else, for that matter). Nice sized chunks of fish that glistended with freshness and that whispered a hint of the sea. Everything was perfect.
Izumi's was a hit over the left field fence and I can hardly wait to go back.
Btw....not that I need approval or anything. Is this par for the course there? Was it a fluke? Just curious.
Last stop in Wisconsin while visiting U of W at Madison was New Seoul Korean Restaurant on University ave.
I ordered seafood/tofu soup while friend ordered dolsot bibimbop. (the one in the stone pot) My soup was bold, spicey, had lots of oyster pieces, and was wonderfully satisfying espcially given the weather that day....cold. Friend's dolsot bibimbop was good, but the rice didn't get that crispy.....and we waited before giving it "the turn". Anyway, small complaint. The flavors and balance of rice, meat, and veggies, was good. Server was nice and attentive, espcially after I asked about something not on the menu in korean. Complaint? It is, I hate to say, a typical one. The korean's get more panchan than non-koreans. :( This really irks me. That said, in this case, I think it had more to do with the flavors/dishes, as oppossed to feeling screwed. I look forward to going back.
All in all, great trip. It is nice to know that Wisconsin has something going on in the chow department.
Biggest disappointment? Racine, Wisc. Any and all recos appreciated!!!!!