Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill

Restaurants, Japanese River West/West Town
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
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Photograph: Martha Williams Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill

The captain of this hipster-Japanese ship is Sushi Wabi alum Yut Vong, whose strength doesn’t lie in cream cheese and spicy mayo. Instead, it’s found on the grill, which adds just enough char to meats such as Korean-style beef short rib and pork shoulder bathed in sake, honey, garlic and cilantro. Juicy chicken thighs carry a good dose of miso and scallion, and the fish tofu is, in a word, awesome. Thai touches show up in standard noodle dishes, but really? You’re going to get Thai food at a robata?

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Venue name: Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill
Contact:
Address: 1715 W Chicago Ave
Chicago
60622
Cross street: between Paulina St and Hermitage Ave
Opening hours: Lunch (Mon–Sat), dinner
Transport: Bus: 8A, 50, 66.
Price: Average main course: $8
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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When I moved back to the Midwest a couple years ago from the east coast, I was cynical about finding good sushi.  Then, I came upon Yuzu.  I do not know how they have managed it, but the fish is incredible.  Actually, it is more than that...the poke bowls make me look forward to heading to my office in the area.  The staff is gracious, but as a selfish patron, I'm often blinded to this commendable service because I'm craving the food so much.  The space is modern, inviting and clean - it is a place you WANT to be in.  Thank you, Yuzu, for putting my east coast snobbery in check!

tastemaker

The best part about Yuzu is that there is no corking fee for alcohol! The vibes within the restaurant are pretty cool, but the tables are a little bit too close together. Additionally, the tables are too small for the boards they serve their sushi on. 


We ordered the mango avo salad and that was definitely the highlight of the meal. 

Next, we ordered one normal roll and one big roll. For their big rolls, they put designs on the board with sauces. There are a lot of pictures online of dragons and stuff, but mostly they'll just put a pretty basic design. It's more of a gimmick than anything in my opinion. Overall, the sushi tasted like something I could have bought at Mariano's. It was nothing special at all. I don't see what the hype is. 


We also ordered the mochi dessert which was pretty good. 


Wouldn't bother coming back here again. 

tastemaker

A neighborhood stalwart, if I ever saw one. Not only is the sushi some of the freshest and most creative I've seen in Chicago, but their robata kicks ass, too. Make sure to get here early to snag a table, or else you'll surely be waiting. Come with a bottle of wine in tow, as they're BYOB. 


Beyond the food, this place does some of the coolest plating and presentation design I've ever seen. How have these guys not been featured on TV is beyond me. Each specialty roll features a different piece of art right there on your plate. Def snap a pic before you dig in. 


Perfect for any occasion: nonchalant night out with friends, family dinner, date, you name it. 

tastemaker

Yuzu is my favorite local sushi spot; I don't think any place delivers quite as fast as these guys, but that's not entirely why I like them, just what makes them so convenient to me. The space itself is awesome, and they always play fabulous 90s hip hop to get you really in the weekend mode (even if it isnt the weekend). There's cool japanese comic art on the walls and the wooden furniture just give you a bit a of a hip Japan vibe. The robata is the reason I love this place above your normal sushi spot, the appetizer like veggie and meat dishes including the nasu (eggplant), the short rib, and the curry chicken are all super cheap and really flavorful little bites that get you prepped for the rest of your sushi filled meal. The rolls are innovative and the fish is really fresh, but if you were only to get one nigiri, I HIGHLY recommend their scallop. It just melted in my mouth it was so freaking good. Bring a bottle of sake or wine with you because this place is BYOB, or order it to be delivered like I do on at least one Friday night a month and enjoy without waiting in the inevitable wait on the weekends. This place gets packed right at the time it opens at 5pm - which to me is the sign of a quality spot.