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Rise (on Southport), surprise, suprise | Apr 2, 200508:35 AM

This place has a charming layout, a large sushi bar centers the room, to the right are high-top bar tables, to the left are low-top dining tables. Very friendly and attentive service.

While the sushi appears to be the main focus of the restaurant, none of the sushi options on the menu where vying for my attention and the items I did get (unagi roll, shrimp tempura, spicy tuna) didn't stand up to the vastly more creative options at Sushi Wabi and others.

HOWEVER, the treasure is found in the entree section. They have a dish called "Rise Sauce" that is a close second to the amazing sesame chicken at Chen's (on clark). I was fighting off forks stabbing at my plate. It was tangy, nutty, lightly crispy and delicious! That combined with an order of Pad-Siew style wide noodles, prepared with the traditional brown sauce, made the meal stand out. While this won't make my list of hidden gems, this one is worth a stop if catching a show at Musicbox or Mercury theatre.

Overall: thumbs up, the service was extra noteworthy but they need more creative sushi options and ahould add some secret sauces.


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