Ai Japanese Sushi

Restaurant
358 West Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60654 358 West Ontario Street, Chicago Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
83% of 320 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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Report | 2 years ago
The waitress was attentive but slightly awkward. She did her job, but I dont know if it was us making her uncomfortable or she was just new and needed more training to feel more at ease in conversation with customers.
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I can't wait to go back!
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Great attentive service
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Your food and service is great - Thank you!
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sign in front needs to be conveyed inside about all you can eat not being available at lunch
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Report | 2 years ago
Service was average. I was a little annoyed by the following: they had a wine special. The waitress told me that if we spent the full value of the Groupon (we spent $30 MORE) we could also have the wine special price bottles. Then she came back and said we couldn't. I reaize this is Groupon standard policy. But --
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So glad we tried your restaurant using Groupon and definitely plan to dine here again!
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Have a CLEAR valet parking sign. I circled the block 5 times before discovering that the valet sign with the strange symbol and tiny writing was for your restaurant. There also was no price on the valet sign. Please copy the layout and format of ZOCOLO's sign. Theirs is easy to see and understand.
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The reception at the front door was a little off-putting when we walked in. We didn't make a reservation, which looking back, WAS required on the Groupon fine print (whoops), but the host/manager could have been a little nicer about it instead of seeming downright annoyed by us being there. We got a table in the lounge. The manager handled our table himself and he got progressively more friendly throughout the evening. The first impression can go a long way though, so it took a bit for us to warm back up after feeling a little scolded at the front door. All that said, the food & service was very good. We live in the area and will make a point to come back.
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Very attentive staff, quite pleasant dining experience, wonderful food
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From Our Editors

When executive chef Toyoji Hemmi surveys the restaurant's daily deliveries of fresh seafood, he envisions how the fish can be used to create exciting, new sushi entrees instead of just the widely expected staples. Food & Wine magazine praised this dedication to inventive flavor combinations in 2005, labeling chef Hemmi an "innovator" and calling him one of its "favorite iconoclasts" in the United States.

He accentuates maki with seemingly disparate ingredients—including rosemary, walnuts, and cherry tomatoes—that add new dimensions to the rolls' familiar tastes, textures, and pronunciations. Established Japanese flavors remain at the forefront of other items though, such as the wasabi-rubbed filet mignon and the organic cha-soba noodles. This distinctive interplay between contemporary and traditional approaches helped to earn the menu a score of "very good to excellent" from Zagat.

The dining room's vaguely industrial setting also toes the line between contemporary and historic, featuring rustic brick walls and exposed wooden rafters as well as chic, low-slung chairs and modern track lighting. Diners can peek behind the stone-countered sushi bar and watch the chefs assemble platters of maki and nigiri, or join the bartenders, who pass their evenings pouring tastes of sake and shochu.

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Many people described the Ramen as Delicious.
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Many people described the Mochi as Nice.
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Many people described the Maki as Yummy. Others thought:
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  • Yummy
  • Fresh
  • Fabulous
  • Delicious
  • Unique
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  • Bland
Many people described the Green Tea Ice Cream as Love.
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Many people described the Nigiri as Delicious. Others thought:
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  • Delicious
  • Buttery
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  • Not Tasty
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Many people described the Unagi as Like.
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Many people described the Bento Box as Amazing.
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Many people described the Ceviche as Good. Others thought:
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  • Good
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  • Plain