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.
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.
Snarling facemasks painted in rainbow colors hover above diners at Yak Thai Cuisine. Like the BYOB restaurant's name, these masks are a nod to the ogres, or yaks, of Thai folklore and are juxtaposed elegantly against the contemporary space's chocolate-brown color scheme. This contrast of old and new can also be found in the menu, which features traditional Thai dishes infused with modern culinary techniques and ingredients. An appetizer of smoked salmon is brought to life with a sprinkling of lime dressing, whereas spaghetti noodles are paired with kaffir-lime leaves and deep-fried soft-shell crab with chu chee curry sauce. Hot and cold teas offer a brief moment of thirst-quenching relief from spicy curries before diners dive into a dessert, such as homemade chocolate lava cake oozing with authentic magma.
Named by _TimeOut Chicago as a favorite authentic Thai eatery, Spoon Thai’s chefs assemble flavorful Eastern dishes inside a sleek, wood-paneled restaurant. An expansive menu plays host to more than a dozen disparate salads—some sweet, some spicy, and some bedecked in briny mussels. Noodles can occupy serial utensil twirlers as adventuresome diners dive into dishes such as kang keau loog chin pla, in which piping-hot green curry revolves around a fish-ball nucleus.