Hours: Lunch: Saturday & Sunday; dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 11:30
Closed. Sushi bar in the former Fuel space.
Makisu Sushi Lounge & Grill is a great place for people who like to eat sushi in a loud club, prefer vodka over gin, and enjoy techno at dinner. The new Wicker Park outpost, in the former Fuel space, is the city cousin to the original Skokie location of the same name. Though there are a few teriyaki dishes that utilize the grill, the menu skews more towards sushi—specifically, giant maki rolls stuffed full of so many different fish they could stand in as the turducken of the sea. What makes the unfortunate combination of yellowtail, salmon, tuna, asparagus, and pico de gallo warrant the moniker Hama Chi-town Maki is unclear, but it's probably the same logic that went into naming the Wicker Park Roll, which consists of lobster tempura, barbecue eel, shiso, tobiko, and spicy mayo. There's enough use of sweet soy, "mercy" mayo, cream cheese, and deep-fried crunchies to ensure that no one can tell a Kamikaze roll from a Rock and Roll. In fact, you can't really taste any of the fish in these rolls—which might not be a bad thing. Unadorned nigiri and sashimi reveal fish that's mediocre at best, about the same quality you'd find in the refrigerated case at your local supermarket.
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