*** (3 stars)
Jellyfish is divided into two distinct spaces. The inside is a long bar with facing booths. The bar is backlit with a spectacular wall of sliced geodes, and the blue lightning is very cool. Then there’s a sort of outside space that is like a solarium, with a glass ceiling that lets in the sun. It’s like sidewalk dining, but indoors.
The highlights here are the small plates, both cold and hot.
Our favorite was the tuna tartare, which was served on very tasty guacamole, accompanied by wonton chips.
The mini crab tacos were also very good.
We also tried the “bangin'” chicken with a sweet Thai chili sauce, which was fine but not remarkable.
Much of the menu consists of sushi, of course. Prices seem very high, with each individual piece of fish costing about $5. There was nothing we observed about the quality of the fish that seemed to justify the premium.
We opted for three rolls: spicy tuna, kiss of fire, and black diamond. All were fine, but none were that magic combination of flavors that would qualify them as “signature” rolls, as listed.
Service was good, as it should have been, since we were alone during Sunday at lunch. I suppose this is due to the second floor location, which makes it a bit non-obvious to the casual traffic on the busy street below.
1009 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611