Aki Sushi

Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Friday & Saturday till 1, Monday-Thursday till midnight, Sunday till 11

Price: $$$

Wicker Park sushi spot from a veteran of Kamehachi and Tsunami.

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The decor hasn't changed much—the exposed brick and the fish-stocked fountain are still around—but when it comes to the food this sushi spot beats its predecessor, short-lived Touch of Sushi, hands down. Aki serves the basic repertoire, with a larger-than-average selection of nigiri, but there's a clear attention to freshness, and while I’m usually skeptical about whimsical maki creations, I was impressed by the White Sox roll, a mixture of seared spicy tuna, crabmeat, cucumber, and onion wrapped with a tender piece of white tuna and sprinkled with black tobiko. Ponzu sauce and dried herbs overwhelmed the Rainbow Carpaccio--lovely slices of tuna, salmon, and white tuna fanning out from a pile of greens--so that it didn’t taste as stunning as it looked. But when it comes to the basics Aki does the trick quite nicely.

Peter Margasak

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Price: $$$

Payment Type: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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