Monday, September 24, 2012

Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill

I can't believe it's been a month since we went to Yuzu but time flies when you're having fun (or working everyday). Yuzu fits the bill of a small BYO neighborhood sushi spot serving solid food for great value. Small is a key word because there are not a lot of tables so plan ahead and they enforce a two hour limit to make sure they turn tables. Another fun aspect of the authenticity is that communicating with the staff sometimes involves non verbal techniques. All for good fresh fish of course.

I did none of the ordering, which was a nice change of pace. We started with a cool and large green salad with mango and avocado. Delicious and refreshing. The only robata grill item we had was the beef short rib, but we ordered a lot because the sweet miso sauce was fantastic. (An aside: I really like the sushi + robata trend in chicago right now, but few have done it well. Yuzu is what I expect, a nice and small grill menu with simple yet tasty items without complication). We had a veggie tempura as another side (one of my favorite Japanese starters - always a nice change of texture, flavor before sushi), followed by some of the best salmon sashimi I've had in a while. It was a really nice balance of flavor and freshness that gave it a great all around bite. I couldn't tell you which maki rolls we ordered, except one of them came out with crazy looking sauce on the plate (and was very good). I think my favorite roll was a shrimp tempura, with spicy mayo and sweet soy. Really good.

I wish I still lived in the neighborhood to eat at Yuzu more often. Plain and simple - it fits the bill as an affordable, fun, cozy, BYO sushi (& robata) spot.

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1 comment:

  1. The photos are tempting! I would probably be trying out those sushi machines we ordered even before we use it for business. Japanese cuisine is just one of the best!



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