Sunday, February 1, 2015

Power Play

Bowls of raw seafood are the new flowers


You somehow pulled off the impossible — tix to Game 1 or 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. And you're going without her.

No one can blame you for going with the boys, but you'll need a major power play to get through this one unscathed. Luckily, we've got just the thing:

Sushi. In a bouquet.

Meet Juno, the new sushi palace from an Arami alum and his martial arts instructor partner. Take your date here, where the sashimi (pictured) will save you a trip to the flower shop.

Giant ice-filled orbs of seafood aside, the menu thrives on artsy oceanic offerings. Oyster shooters are served in a tube with chive, Tobiko, and watermelon rind. Spring rolls are stuffed with octopus. And big eye tuna is served with Togarashi, pear, Mizuna, herb sauce, and aioli. It’s the long-stem rose of raw fish.
Juno slices it thinner, serves it fresher, and sometimes tops it with blueberry compote (as is the case with the tamagi maki roll). This is just one of the many specialty rolls you will feed your date at the sleek sushi bar.
For sushi sans showmanship, take a seat at the red & black bar next to a frying-pan yielding geisha. Don’t worry, it’s only a painting — so the only thing heated is the argument over whether to finish with a Sakura Old Fashioned, a glass of sake, or shochu.

After this, you'll be free to watch all the hockey you like. Even overtime.

2638 N. Lincoln Ave. (at W. Wrightwood Ave.), Lincoln Park
(872) 206-8662

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Brown Line to Diversey
Scene: A careful mix of sushi fanastics and novices separated by the ability to use chopsticks
Best bets: Smoked sashimi; pineapple Tako spring roll; duck ramen
Nearby: Barrelhouse Flat; Delilah's; Barn & Company

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