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some decent sushi, which I had yet to encounter in the Windy City. Fortunately for me, I wasn't disappointed.
What I Ate
I ordered the AYCE for 19.99 USD.
1. Yakitori: Grilled, skewered chicken with scallion. This was a fine appetizer. There was nothing spectacular about it, however, there was nothing to complain about either. I divyed this up with L and A. B didn't have any because she's a vegetarian! (Or was she a vegan? Who cares, anyway, huh? You feelin' me? Those non-meat eaters! Missin' out!)
2. Sake, "White Tuna" (I'm thinking Escolar, a type of snake mackerel, by the qualification on the menu - "From S. America"), a Tempura Roll, and a Salmon Skin Roll. I thought the sake was a bit dry, if you know what I mean (I like oily salmon). The rest was tasty and satisfying.
3. Otoro and Uni (supplemental surcharge to AYCE of 3-4 USD for each piece). Looks pretty fab doesn't it? I wasn't expecting much, knowing that I wasn't paying much for each piece of sushi, however, the uni tasted pretty good (briny and rich), surpassing my expectation. On the other hand, the otoro was too lean, in my opinion, for otoro.
4. Maguro and Sake. Both nigiri were typical of their respective kinds. The maguro had a bit of chewy connective tissue in it that detracted some from the pleasure of eating it.
5. Assorted Vegetable Tempura. By this course, I was pretty stuffed. To be honest, I ordered it because I saw that B finished eating and was just waiting for L, A, and I to cease gorging on sushi. (B didn't order the AYCE being vegetarian and all.) I invited her to have some and she accepted. She seemed to like it. I think I ate a sweet potato tempura, which was okay.
Service was efficient, timely, and courteous.
Sushi Sai had the best sushi I had yet tasted in Chicago. For the price point and tasteworthiness of the sushi, this restaurant will be my tentative go-to place when the sushi craving hits me.
The Bill: It was 33.77 USD because I ordered a beer (Sapporo or Asahi, I can't remember) and I ate the otoro and uni.
My Rating: out of four stars (good). Open Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 9:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 AM to 9 PM. Credit cards accepted. Local delivery available. www.sushisaionline.com
The Last Word ... Stay tuned for the highlights of my glorious return to L.A. and my exciting roadtrip to San Francisco!
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