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It’s American-Japanese, bro!
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaChao Thapthimkuna using the robata grill at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaRobata grill at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaCaluiflower, fish cake with cheese, squid and beef toungue on the robata grill at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaChao Thapthimkuna using the robata grill at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaGrilled squid with tare sauce at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaBeef tongue with japanese curry and rice puff at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaTare egg tofu with green onion and fried ginger at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaHouse salad with nuzu dressing, tofu crouton, frisee, red onion, grape tomato and baby arugula at Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaInterior of Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaInterior of Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaInterior of Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Photograph: Nicole RadjaInterior of Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
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Few bromances flourish without the aid of food and alcohol, but former corporate slave Mike Schatzman and former Sushi Wabi chef Worachai Thapthimkuna have gone to the extreme: This week, after a month-long trek throughout Asia, the bros will open what they’re calling “Chicago’s first American-Japanese restaurant” in River North. From what we can tell, it leans heavily toward Japanese, with a menu featuring Japanese barbecue (kushiyaki), noodles and sushi. But sliders and American desserts such as key lime pie do make an appearance, as will undoubtedly that uniquely American phenomenon of men calling each other broseph. 230 W Erie St (eatatunion.com).

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