Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Japanese-Thai hybrid in a simple but appealing Rogers Park space.
This restaurant would easily blend into a trendier area like Lincoln Square or Wicker Park but stands out in the space that used to be Cam Ranh Bay, an unassuming Vietnamese restaurant, amid the Mexican bakeries and taquerias on far North Clark. The stylish lavender and orange walls are hung with kitchen utensils and a black-and-white photo montage of flowers; the cuisine is a Japanese-Thai hybrid. Platters of fresh, generously cut sushi, maki combination plates, and bento boxes are reasonably priced, as are relatively standard but nicely prepared Thai specialties (all under $9) like the mildly seasoned Seafood Delight with shelled mussels, squid (scored with a knife to make it more tender), shrimp, and crabmeat stick tossed with fresh red and green peppers, napa cabbage, pea pods, and baby corn. For lighter appetites there's a salad with warm ground chicken, beef, or pork served on greens; cold cabbage and shredded carrots topped with peanuts; close to 50 individual nigiri sushi; and some interesting maki like the sweet potato tempura roll (with green onion, cream cheese, and wasabi mayo).
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