Naniwa Restaurant | River North | Asian, Japanese | Restaurant

Naniwa Restaurant Menu

Hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday; dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 11

Price: $$$

River North sushi spot from Bob Bee (Bob San).

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I’m mystified as to what makes this place deserving of the rapture of its many fans. True, Bob Bee is an intuitive fish man who frequently puts forth some very fresh stuff, and his engagement with his customers—a prevalence of girls-night-outers it seems—is a winning trait. But this relatively traditional sushi joint, the less self-consciously hip older brother of the equally decent Bob San, isn’t terrifically special, no more so than a half dozen other places around, and it's in no way close to an exceptional one like Katsu. An uni shooter—a shot glass of sake, quail egg, and roe—is a fun way to enjoy the reproductive organs of the sea urchin, and the silky grilled black cod with miso is pretty nice too (both are on the menu at Bob San). Bee has an appreciation for underappreciated fish like mackerel, and superwhite tuna or escolar (sometimes feared for an adverse gastrointestinal reaction it's said to produce), and it pays to heed his advice when he declares them, or any other fish, good on a particular day.

Mike Sula

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Price: $$$

Payment Type: American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

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