Sushi and Japanese cuisine in the Western Suburbs is not a well-represented one, with maybe the exception of Naperville, which has three or four places. There is a greater selection of Japanese restaurants and groceries available in the Northwest suburbs such as Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, and Schaumburg.
Sushi Bar is a pretty unassuming little place. Clean, bright and low key and decidedly not trendy. No fancy eyeglasses, designer togs or sacrificial water creatures strapped down and murdered and skinned before your paying eyes in this joint. Not that there is anything wrong with that. There is a bar when you walk in with seating for about 8 or 10 and probably a dozen tables.
Weve been to the other location of this place in St. Charles about a year ago and didnt realize they were related. My better half ordered a lunch box of Salmon Teriyaki, which came with rice, salad, soup, tempura veg and a 3-piece California Roll for 6.95. The miso soup was rich and not bland with seaweed, chunks of tofu, green onion and a mysterious brown waxy vegetal substance, most likely a mushroom, which escapes my limited knowledge of Japanese ingredients. Everything was cooked with a careful hand as the salmon remained moist with crisp skin, and the tempura of carrot, sweet potato, and acorn squash was not greasy in the least. A soy and sherry dipping sauce was provided for the tempura. The salad was the standard of iceberg, carrots, cucumbers with ginger/mirin dressing. For the amount of food and the quality it was an excellent value.
My sushi roll selections were pretty pedestrian, but this place has a decent choice of standards and a few written specials on the wall such as uni and toro pieces for 3 and 3.50 respectively. Spicy Tuna, Spicy Yellowtail and Smoked Salmon with cream cheese and green onion rolls all were fresh tasting and not short on the fish. There were also a few special rolls written on the wall and like any place if you sit at the bar and chat with the chef, you never know what youll get. So this is a place worth exploring more as they have nice selection of squid, seaweed and tofu related appetizers, a few katsu choices along with several udon and soba noodle dishes.
As we were leaving, one of the patrons asked quite firmly,
Can we get some fortune cookies to go with end of our meal?
Sorry maam but this is Japanese restaurant. We dont have fortune cookies.
Oh, sorry. I thought all these restaurants had them.
369 W. Army Trail Road