So, I played hooky today from work, and headed up to Schaumburg for some mall shopping... Then I remembered an earlier post about Japanese restaurants in the NW suburbs. The original plan was to hit Sakura and Torishin. But.. you will see later...
Had some trouble finding Sakura, drove by it twice before finding it (prolly blinded by hunger). The restaurant was larger then expected, but very comfortable. Throughout my meal, Japanese businessmen kept coming in. Sat at the sushi bar and ordered a makenouchi bento set ($10.50). I had no idea what this was. What I got was a delightful bento box of rice, 3 pcs tuna sashimi, 2 pcs Tai (red snapper) sashimi, some doughy ball shaped things, tomato croquette, fish cakes, piece of fish (unknown), hijiki seaweed, sweet egg omelet. Plus miso soup.
Needless to say I was stuffed. But wait! As I was finishing up, I overheard a waitress take an order of nikujaga (Meat and Potatoes stew). As I have been looking for this dish all over Chicago, I immediately beckoned the waitress, and proceeded to order one to go. She took the order but mentioned that the nikujaga set ($7.95) included tuna sashimi. So I decided to eat that part there. After all, I could fit a few more pieces in my stomach. The sashimi came in a large bowl with spicy mayo, scallions, and seaweed... but there was about 2 cups of raw tuna staring at me. All this for $7.95!! And this was great tuna! I am not a fan of tuna sashimi in the first place, but I ate every single bite of this.
Sorry for the long post. But I wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful suggestions. This is one of the rare times I wish I lived or worked in the suburbs. I will definitely be back the next time I am .. ahem... "sick".