Fishing Cat Sushi Bar & Thai Cuisine doesn’t skimp on personal touches. Plump sushi rolls are placed across elaborate ceramic boats or formed into artistic representations of slithering dragons. Even the sauces are works of art, drizzled into intricate drawings, thank-you notes, and scanable bar codes to impress hungry cashiers. Behind a large sushi bar, chefs cut white fish and salmon for fresh sashimi, or for inclusion with spicy mayo in the restaurant’s signature maki rolls. Salmon and beef teriyaki dishes arrive at tables beside steaming noodles tossed with bell peppers and sweet chili sauce. While perusing the dining room’s modern artwork and low-hanging lights, diners are encouraged to enjoy a BYOB beverage, but are discouraged from distilling gin in the bathroom sink.
Outside, the street bustles with people, but inside Tanpopo, a calmness floods the senses. The serene restaurant glows with softly lit paper lanterns, which illuminate wooden room dividers and matching tables, Japanese wall tapestries, and plates groaning under colorful sushi rolls. These vie for taste bud's affections with other Japanese dishes and Korean eats, such as koroke deep-fried potato balls with corn and beef morsels, skewered shrimp, and housemade curries.
Dark, glossy tables gleam in the sunlight that streams into Little Wok, illuminating plates of steaming Chinese dishes and delicate rolls of sushi. An enormous menu ranges through a pan-Asian encyclopedia of pad thai, Korean eel stone bowl rice, creative maki, and cheek-warming bowls of noodle soup.
At Kimberli Sushi, cooks combine crisp vegetables and succulent cuts of fish to fashion dishes from a sprawling Japanese and Thai menu. Crystal-clear plates support noodle dishes and cuts of sashimi that pop with color as diners sit at a modest sushi bar illuminated by hanging lamps and floating balls of roe.
Square wooden latticework⎯a hallmark of traditional Japanese architecture⎯ scales the exposed-brick walls and crisscrosses the ceiling of Hello Sushi Bar's modernly appointed dining room. The menu proposes an eclectic selection of pan-Asian dishes as elegantly fused as its interior design, featuring Indian curries, Thai noodle dishes, and savory sushi rolls with both raw and cooked ingredients. The restaurant invites customers to bring their own beverages, thereby constructing an invisible drinks menu sure to include everyone's favorite beer or glögg.
At Hana Asian Bistro, cooks artistically prepare and arrange entrees of authentic Asian cuisine, pulling from a pantry filled with quality meats, fresh seafood, and market-purchased produce. The chic eatery—tucked inside the Skokie Fashion Square shopping center—jazzes up sushi rolls with unique pairings, such as lobster and mango, and spicy sauces, such as kung pao sauce or japanese curry. Chefs also prepare a lineup of specialties including walnut shrimp and seafood noodle soup. To complement these expertly crafted meals, diners can order a side of fried rice or a fruit-infused bubble tea.