The Shedd Aquarium isn't the only place looking to capitalize on the coolness that is jellies. Chef Harold Jurado (Chizakaya, Japonais) is teaming with Joseph De Vito (Moto, La Vita) and retail impresario Josh Carl (Barneys New York, Lululemon) to open Jellyfish, an upscale pan-Asian concept this August in the Gold Coast.
Guests to the 95-seat spot will meander down a somewhat hidden walkway between high-end boutiques Ted Baker London and Scoop NYC at 1009 N. Rush before taking an elevator to Jellyfish's second-level entrance. The space, being designed by Rocco Laudizio (slick + design), evokes an idyllic Miami-meets-Mediterranean feeling through white-washed wood floors, a cool-blue color palette, a recessed free-flowing ceiling mosaic, vein-cut travertine stone bar, Italian crystal, sheer curtains separating booth seating and a year-round, glass-enclosed atrium that wil sit atop the two retail spaces.
Jurado's menu will feature an eclectic mix of proteins and flavors, including the signature jellyfish salad (garden vegetables, jellyfish, crab and sesame-mustard dressing); Pinoy barbecue chicken with bok choy and garlic rice; lobster summer roll with cucumber, cilantro, mint and vermicelli noodles; and Wagyu beef skewers.
Sushi chef Andy Galsan (SushiSamba Rio) will join Jurado in the kitchen and prepare nigiri and maki, like dragon and shrimp tempura rolls, his Kiss of Fire roll (spicy tuna, jalapeno, white tuna, salmon and wasabi) and the Black Diamond roll (shrimp tempura over Alaskan crab mix with black caviar).
And since the restaurant will turn into a late-night lounge open until 2 a.m. seven days a week, beverage director Daniel Finnigan (Wave, Michael Jordan's Steak House) has crafted a summer cocktail list with fresh ingredients like gooseberries, sparkling rosé, orange flower water, ginger-lemongrass syrup and more.
The restaurant is currently under construction, but Eater got a sneak peek of a rendering of the bar that features the recessed ceiling mosaic: