Jai Yen

Restaurants, Japanese Boystown
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This cute-as-a-mochi spot makes it easy to concentrate on the menu, thanks to the fact that it’s oddly never crowded. Start with the tuna tataki (chunks of cool tuna, avocado and red onion in a lemon-soy sauce) or the chive dumpling, perfectly pan-fried until lightly crisped and bulging with fresh chives. Avoid maki with unagi sauce: The chef has a heavy hand when it comes to ladling, and the rolls become a soggy mess, though that’s hardly a reason to steer clear.


Venue name: Jai Yen
Address: 3736 N Broadway St
Cross street: between Grace St and Waveland Ave
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Addison. Bus: 8, 36, 152.
Price: Average nigiri: $2
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This is the cutest little hidden gem spot for sushi. Slightly off the beaten path in boystown, we were some of the only customers here on a weekend. But the food was absolutely delicious and the servers so sweet and attentive! I had a perfectly spicy Tom yum koong soup and a vegetarian sweet potato and avocado maki. The rolls are HUGE - great value here, although a little heavy on the rice. My sister's panang curry was also rich and flavorful with plenty of veggies. We lingered here for an extended time and our waiter was totally pleasant. Would definitely come back to try some of the noodle dishes.