Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge

(312) 335-9888 | View Website

358 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL | Directions   60610

41.893215 -87.638249

Open Hours

Sat: 5pm-11pm, Sun: 5pm-10:30pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri: 11:30am-11pm

 
Restaurants, Sushi, Japanese  more

Price: $$

Tags: Bar Scene, Date Spot, Dine At The Bar, Late Night Dining, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, People Watching

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side

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Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge
Menu
Miso Soup, Edamame, California Maki, Spicy Tempura Ebi Maki, Soft Shell Crab Volcano Maki, Miso Soup, Kabocha Corn Soup, Edamame, House Salad, Seaweed Salad... more

Reviews for Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge

Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge
Recommends

Sleek spot for Japanese dishes, like the roe flight, with five different flavors of roe sushi.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Love This Sushi – I went here for lunch and had some really amazing Sushi. The place is decorated very well.. I left thinking I have to come back with a group of girlfriends and have a GNO here. Sushi was really fresh tasting and the prices were reasonable.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

OMG! help they need reastraunt 101 – ordered 5 course meal and it took a hour to get ot 3rd course. On a Wednesday!!

Server didn't care.

Asked to wrap the rest up and took another 30minute.

bottom line,Unless u have time to waste and use to real bad service I truley don't recommend going there.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Tsuki sibling rocks out inventive rolls and entrees in a chic loft space for late-night dining. – The Scene
Exposed brick, soaring ceilings and soothing beige tones appeal to urbanites in this loft-dwellers' neighborhood sushi lounge. An octagonal-shaped sushi station--left from Kizoku--acts as the main centerpiece, staffed with friendly and efficient chefs. A half-dozen or so tables to two occupy the area directly across them, while faux-suede booths provide snug seating in the left corner. The crowd leans late twenty- and early thirtysomethings dolled up for post-dinner partying.

The Food
A celebrated Tokyo-trained chef doles out innovative rolls and entrees artfully arranged. Sweet, soy-marinated slices of beef and pinky finger-sized shrimp sizzle on a toban pan, making for an eye-catching, crowd-pleasing interactive appetizer. Signature rolls venture down sweet and savory paths, from tuna and mango pairing complemented by creamy avocado and koshyu grape sauce to a crunchy eel treated tempura-style with tamago and leafy spinach. Shime saba, or marinated mackarel, pops with salty, vinegar-like flavor. Dessert--an afterthought--revolves around uninspired ice cream.

Hits
While sushi is the star, the menu sates fuller appetites with selections like wasabi filet mignon and parmesan salmon teriyaki. A sexy, low-lit lounge at the rear of the restaurant provides locals with no reason to leave their neighborhood.

Misses
The tables for two lined up in the middle of the restaurant leave little room for the massive plates.

 

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