This is not a fine dining restaurant but I highly recommend a visit if looking for good sushi in Chicago. Intelligent and educated wait staff- this can easily be one of the best sushi secret spots. Despite chef B.K. Park’s leave to open Juno, the place continues to serve high quality sushi. Their fish is fresh, well cut; finely and delicately placed on perfectly cooked sushi rice.
This is one of those places where you want to awaken your taste buds and think about the after taste. Digestion is also easy- nothing too heavy and fantastically put together. Donburi, Sashimi and Makis are a delight but there are also interesting entries to their stater menu using European elements such as truffle oil. Their little bites are a mouthful but little did I know that a few mouthful would keep me satisfied, you can say that an experience here can reset your portion and serving size mentally on how sushi should be served in America!
The sushi menu and creations are quite original and they just come together quite well. I’ve found their sushi being popular not only due to the quality of fish but also for the way they serve it, with great tiny little additions to their maxis that make a world of difference in your mouth- not your typical maxi menu selection for sure.
Ok, I’m not a sake expert but if you drink the wrong sake you’re put off for a very long time, until someone convinces you for a return sip. Arami’s sake selection is incredibly good and they are proud of it for a reason. Once tasted, you feel as though you’re sipping an elixir of pleasure.
I’ve checked the service, quality, sake selection and creativity. The one star missing is the atmosphere. The atmosphere is quite nice however, I feel like they’ve crammed more tables into this room than they should. If you’re looking for something casual but with quality food, this is your place.
“Updated traditional feeds the urban dweller at this innovative sushi and Japanese kitchen spot. Enjoy high quality sushi in our peaceful, natural, garden like atmosphere” are Arami’s words to describe.