116 west hubbard street
chicago, il 60654
our meal at slurping turtle was the first of many excellent meals during a two day chicago visit that also included trips to grace, do-rite donuts, little goat diner, sixteen, and au cheval. we arrived at the restaurant shortly after 1:30 on a tuesday, and after a small bit of trouble locating the door we entered and were immediately seated in a booth along the far wall. the restaurant is multilevel, and has a very sleek and modern feel to it. our table was handled by a man named lance, who was friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging without ever becoming annoying. pictured below is what we ordered.
as mentioned above, the reviews on slurping turtle have been somewhat mixed, and as such i went in not really expecting much. while this may have skewed my overall opinion a bit, i definitely came away from the meal impressed. the space and service were both a step up from what i had anticipated, and i found all of the food to be quite enjoyable. i am no expert on ramen, having honestly only had properly prepared iterations of the dish on a few occasions, but both of the offerings we tried had great flavor and i loved the texture of the noodles. i have noticed that a lot of slurping turtles detractors seem to take issue with the price of the ramen, and while i realize it may not typically be in the $15 range per bowl, it also isn't often served under a pseudo-celebrity chefs name in an attractive modern space alongside other formidable dishes and thoughtful desserts. with all of this noted, i will end by saying that slurping turtle is a great spot to enjoy some hot soup on a cold day, and i would love to return again sometime and maybe have the chance to grab one of those cool looking booths upstairs.