Sushi owes much of its appeal to the contrast between tender raw fish and chewy seaweed wrapper, much like griffins owe their appeal to the contrast between lion-like hindquarters and exceptional math skills. Revel in unlikely pairings with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic pan-Asian cuisine at Diva Restaurant in Lakeview.
Diva's chefs burn the midnight oil until 4 a.m. as they churn out authentic Thai dishes and creative sushi rolls packed into a lengthy menu of rolls, rice, and noodles dishes. The spicy massaman curry tantalizes tongues with a blend of peanuts and veggies ($9), and the pineapple fried rice turns down the spicy-o-meter to zero with a calm and cool ensemble of egg, cashew nuts, and choice of meat ($8). A creative lineup of sushi rolls helps sate meativore and plantivore appetites with offerings including the Diva vegan lover roll, brimming with avocado, cucumber, and shitake sheathed in a soy wrap ($8), and the deep-fried Drag Queen roll ($15 for 8 pieces) entertains meat eaters with layers of shrimp tempura, avocado, and cream cheese encased in an edible replica of Cher's infamous black body suit.
Diva Restaurant doesn't just offer a large menu of traditional Thai cuisine and classic and modern sushi rolls. It also serves the dishes up during impressive late-night hours stretching until 4 a.m. every day of the week. Just blocks from Wrigley, evening and late-night crowds take to the BYOB restaurant for miso soup and chicken teriyaki or bite into the soft, flavorful noodles of pad thai.
Sushi chefs craft fresh rolls packed with succulent cuts of tuna, shrimp, or salmon, garnished with scallions and tobiko, as well as create vegan rolls packed with shiitake mushrooms or sweet-potato tempura. Diners can also try out what the menu calls "contemporary rolls," which are creatively named rolls such as Dancing Queen and I Will Survive, featuring smoked salmon, tamago, and unagi, and soft-shell crab, cucumber, and sriracha, respectively.