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Rise (and fall...) on Southport


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Rise (and fall...) on Southport

Michael | Sep 10, 2001 01:28 PM

Has anyone else been to Rise, on Southport and Roscoe?

Over the past several months, I've watched with great anticipation as the space transformed itself from a downtrodden laundomat to a hip-looking loungey place. When I saw a sign go up that mentioned "sushi and sake lounge" I got even more excited. Finally decided to try the place.

I should have seen the warning signs in advance--it seemed a scenester haven, everyone fresh from their law firms/consulting gigs sipping Syrah and Chardonnay. I did hesitate as I went in and thought, "Heck, Matsuya is in walking distance." But I persevered. Alas.

It was loud when we sat down. Very loud. And the sake list was not all that interesting (I would point people towards Mirai on Division for a better one), so I ordered beer instead.

I ordered some Miso soup and the sashimi and rice bowl. My partner ordered the same soup and some overpriced udon noodles. The soup took a long while to come out, and the server tried to take it away from us mid-slurp. This we found to be of questionable manners, until, without missing a beat, he brought our main courses WELL before we finished our soup. This was not an "asian restaurants serve soup along with meals" move, this was poor timing on the part of our server + kitchen. The server was also very distracted the whole time, and seemed not to be listening to us. Very odd. I noticed that a different server brought the table next to us two incorrect main dishes, which they only noticed after sampling the dish, and the woman at that table was very concerned because of a shellfish allergy and the mis-served dish contained lots of shellfish. Eeek.

The server was not to be seen again until he brought our check, but that was just fine with us since he was the subject of malice at our table anyway.

My sashimi did not seem very fresh, nor was it spectacular in any way. I didn't finish it, which is a rarity in my relationship to sashimi--I normally love the stuff and wolf it down! The udon noodles were fine. The miso soup was good, but the best part of the meal was the Sapporo.

Any other opinions out there? Was I just there on a bad (Friday) night? Or is Rise another dismal product of a gentrified-from-hell neighborhood that used to be a source of pretty decent, interesting, and eclectic food?

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