Eat and Learn: Gakuensai (“Open School Day” in Japanese) lets you chow down on Japanese and Korean tapas in an unusually scholarly setting.
Look & Feel: Three floors of dining space are turned into differently themed, colorful school “classrooms.” There’s a chemistry lab, a homeroom and a math room — environments that would presumably resonate with those who miss their glorious student days. Seriously, if this restaurant wasn’t backed by the Keyaki group, we’d be a lot more skeptical about the gimmicky elements.
On the Menu: Signatures include a cheesy grilled pork belly ($58), honey butter deep-fried chicken ($98), and Korean-style stewed beef brisket ($178). The dishes are meant for sharing, and some are even served in lunchboxes for maximum impact. Conventional sashimi platters ($330) are also available.
Great For: A trip down memory lane; days when you can’t decide between Japanese and Korean.
FYI: The Keyaki group is behind Keyaki, Nocturne, and Shiba, among other projects.
This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop will update this post once we’ve visited in person.