By RedEye staff
July 24, 2012
Hope you’re hungry, sushi fans! This quest starts near the Grand stop on the Red Line and ends at River North’s northwest corner.
Start your fish-fueled adventure at sleek but casual sushi bar Oysy (50 E. Grand Ave. 312-670-6750), where you can whet your appetite with nigiri ranging from sea urchin to sweet shrimp to fatty tuna. (Hint: The name is pronounced “Oh-EE-she,” which means “delicious” in Japanese.)
For a taste of what Roka Akor Steak & Sushi (456 N. Clark St. 312-477-7652) has to offer, indulge in the chef’s selection of sashimi with a glass of sake on the side. If you’re craving something cooked, try the robata-grilled steaks, which arrive at the table pre-sliced so you can eat them with chopsticks.
Sunda (110 W. Illinois St. 312-644-0500) excels in contemporary spins on sushi, such as spicy tuna atop rectangles of soy sauce-glazed crispy rice.
At Sushi Naniwa (607 N. Wells St. 312-255-8555), a sibling to Bob San in Wicker Park, order a seaweed-wrapped hand roll.
By the time you arrive at Ai (358 W. Ontario St. 312-335-9888), hopefully you’ll still have enough room for a sashimi flight showcasing different cuts of tobiko-topped fish.
End the evening at Japonais (600 W. Chicago Ave. 312-822-9600), where you can soak up nighttime views of the Chicago River and sip orchid-garnished cocktails along with Asian-inspired desserts such as yuzu-almond creme brulee.
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