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718 N. Milwaukee St. (E. Wisconsin Ave.) Send to Phone
A swanky interior and trendy, Asian-tinged seafood dishes couple with an extensive saké list at this hot-spot.

Dinner Mon.-Sat.
Open late Thurs.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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: Sleek and stylish defines not only the interior space (white-leather seating; flat black stones inlaid into walls and columns; shimmery jade-green and gold accents throughout), but the menu too, from maki appetizers to cocktails. Expect not only a lot of saké but also modern interpretations of saké, where Japan’s national drink is fused with other ingredients and fruits, like in the sakétini (plum saké, sour, white cranberry and clementine-flavored vodka). But it's hardly all about the bar, thanks to chef Justin Carlisle (The Greenbrier, Chicago's TRU). One visit might reveal a salad with Dijon sorbet dressing, and another, sushi with offbeat ingredients like jícama, Thai basil or truffle oil. Entrées are meat- and fish-heavy; rib-eye with sweet chile hollandaise is a winner. But save room for the homemade chocolate-filled donuts or the house sorbets. Open until midnight, the staff rolls out an abbreviated late-night menu at 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.


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