Set in Wicker Park, this Japanese restaurant is known for its pricey but high-quality sushi. Patrons recommend dining on the candlelit outside patio or the upstairs lounge, a smaller, quieter space than its downstairs counterpart. However, sushi enthusiasts prefer to sit at the wraparound bar to watch the chefs at work crafting couture rolls like the spicy mono, an octopus roll topped with tuna and sweet unagi sauce. The sushi rolls are served one by one as they are prepared, creating a tapas-like experience that also includes a detailed explanation of every dish.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.