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Chicago sushi lovers have gotten a serious reason to rejoice since the first kosher sushi bar opened in Chicago’s Rogers Park in October 2012. Since its opening, Hamachi Sushi Bar hasn’t stopped impressing the kosher dining community with the highest quality of Japanese cuisine. The majority of Hamachi’s menu constitutes original dishes that were created by their Taiwan-trained head chef, Tee Shakya, who previously worked in New York with Chef Tomizawa. Chef Tee has invented fifteen new sauces to complement his delicious sushi, such as Pineapple, Pumpkin and White Sesame. In 2014, Hamachi Sushi Bar launched Hamachi Sauces, now sold in Jewel-Osco. The line includes Spicy Mayo, Sweet Soy Sauce, Green Goddess Sauce, Honey Wasabi Mayo and Orange Ginger Dressing – all favorites straight from Hamachi’s menu. Hamachi was rightfully nominated for Best New Sushi by Time Out Chicago in 2013. The minimalist modern décor in red, black and white colors, tables decorated with bamboo, and ample light coming through the large windows create a simple yet sophisticated atmosphere. Hamachi satisfies even the most discerning diners with prime fish shipped from Hawaii, New Zealand, Japan and Canada.
To excite both your sight and taste, try the Signature Amazon roll (baked Chilean sea bass, cucumber, avocado and Spicy Mayo, topped with a mushroom duo, crushed onion, habanero mayo and Green Goddess Sauce) or the fresh Bright Eyes (tuna, avocado and cucumber topped with salmon, Green Goddess Sauce and green onion chips). The Crispy Rice starter is a customer favorite, made with black and white rice and topped with spicy tuna, avocado, pineapple salsa, Honey Wasabi Mayo and Sweet Soy Sauce. Customers also make custom, off-menu sushi requests that are so good, they get added to the menu – like the Nachi Maki (faux shrimp tempura in black and white rice and soy paper with six different toppings) and the biggest bite on the Hamachi menu, the Two Amigos (tilapia tempura and spicy tuna topped with tuna, a slice of avocado, seasoned crunch, and Hamachi’s ultimate triumvirate of sauce: Spicy Mayo, Honey Wasabi Mayo and Sweet Soy Sauce).
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However, what makes this pareve establishment special is that the diners’ choice isn’t limited sushi – the restaurant also serves of variety of food from sandwiches to pasta to fish platters. Try their house specialty Grilled Hamachi, glazed with pumpkin teriyaki and served with grilled asparagus, or the Chilean Sea Bass, served with a creamy garlic sauce, to fully appreciate the range of the chef’s skill and creativity. Hamachi is also known for making fabulous sushi platters for any occasion, which can be specified to customers’ vegetarian or gluten free requests. If you are not a Chicago resident, by now you probably wish you were. So the next time you visit the Windy City, let the wind bring you to Hamachi Sushi.