Ramen-San, Lettuce Entertain You's representative to Chicago's ramen scene, hosted Dan Sall's of The Garage and The Salsa Truck to do an Omakase dinner featuring cuisine from his upcoming Mexican restaurant. While I assume most of the diners for this dinner were in a private dining room, I had a problem making a reservation, talking to three different people and they still screwed it up, so we ended up in the main dining room. After a little talking, we did get things straightened out and while we stayed in the main dining room, we did get the omakase dinner. The dining room was deep with high tables in the center of the room that reminded me of a high picnic table, and booths on the outside. The furniture and floor were light wood with black iron support for the tables and chairs and old brick walls. The soundtrack was old school rap, which is apparently a standard thing (One of their operating principles is that No one gets a room pumped up like Eric B and Rakim). Our dinner featured four courses with four optional add ons and three cocktail choices. The cocktail list featured two tequila based, and one mezcal based drinks. I went with the Mezcal based drink, which was called The Diving Bell. It featured Single Village Mezcal, but also contained Dry Gin, Yuzu, Caramelized Pineapple, and Cayenne. It was very complex with smoky, herbal, and sweet fruit flavors and had a spicy finish. I liked the flavors, but it did start to break somewhat as the drink aged.
While everything was good, nothing was really great. We did finish very satisfied, but it might have been nice to try some of the add on dishes which included Duck Carnitas, Mexico City Fried Chicken, Braised Lamb, and Braised Shrimp. The problem with my reservation was a little annoying, but they recovered well and while I say that nothing was fantastic, I might still be interested in trying out Chef Dan's restaurant when it opens.