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Hooray for ISHI and Kaori’s Oven re-opening this Wednesday

At ISHI and Kaori's Oven, Chef Ken Ishibashi and Kaori Ishibashi prepare omakase inside their Champaign restaurant. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

The sushi restaurant ISHI and Japanese bakery Kaori’s Oven will both re-open this week on Wednesday, August 16th. After a summer hiatus, the two businesses will team up for lunch service six days a week at their Champaign restaurant. One of the BEST unique dining experiences in C-U, ISHI’s popular omakase is on hold for now — same with table reservations; for the time being, the restaurant is walk-in only.

A cropped photo of the omakase at ISHI and Kaori's Oven restaurant in Champaign, Illinois. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

The new menu will include Japanese curry, kaisen don (sushi bowl), okonomiyaki, sandwiches, breads, cake, and desserts plus revolving specials.

ISHI's Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake has a mixture of egg, flour, dashi, naga imo (mountain potato), green onions, and cabbage topped with bonito flakes and aosa (seaweed) from the restaurant ISHI and Kaori's Oven. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

Okonomiyaki, a savory pancake, was on the menu before at ISHI in 2021.

At ISHI and Kaori's Oven, the Japanese businesses sell a panda shaped dessert by Kaori Ishibashi Photo by Alyssa Buckley.
Alyssa Buckley

My favorite baked goods from Kaori’s Oven are her animal sweets (the chocolate turtle bread and honey cream cheese panda), and her fluffy cheesecake is legendary.

Catch the re-opening of the Japanese restaurant and bakery this Wednesday, and follow ISHI on Instagram and Kaori’s Oven on Instagram for real-time updates.

ISHI + Kaori’s Oven
305 Cedar St
T-Sa 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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