***** (5 stars)
This stylish and spacious restaurant on Grand can get very busy, so the best place to eat during the summer is on the sidewalk. The menu is extensive, with many rolls, some cooked dishes, and all the sashimi and sushi selections you can imagine.
Beer selections are limited, but there are some nice wines and quite a few sakes.
We liked everything we had, so much that we couldn’t pick a favorite. We tried:
An assortment of sashimi: snapper, hamachi, salmon, and eel sushi. The eel was the best I’ve had.
White Dragon roll – white tuna, shrimp tempura, yellow tobiko, cucumber, avocado. A very attractive roll, and the white tuna was excellent.
California Sunset roll – imitation crab, avocado, mayo and cucumber, seared salmon, topped with a shies leaf and ikura, miso dressing. This roll was best eaten disassembled.
Emerald roll – lightly sautéed scallop, asparagus, cucumber, green caviar, and spicy sauce. The asparagus provided a nice crunch.
Summer roll – Tuna, masago, red snapper, cilantro, avocado, green pepper, chili oil, spicy sauce, lime juice. This one probably had the best overall combination of flavors, which united to be more than the individual components.
So far this is the best sushi place I’ve found in downtown Chicago, and I am including the high end names in that comparison.
Service was prompt and friendly.
50 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611