As at the original, in the South Loop, the maki here are artful -- tightly rolled and filled with fantastically fresh ingredients. The nigiri list changes daily and is reasonably priced -- $4-$8 gets you two pieces of fish. Cold dishes include a seaweed and cucumber salad, grilled eggplant, asparagus, a mushroom and spinach salad tossed in lemon dressing, and a tender chilled octopus salad dressed with lime juice. Lunchgoers get the best deal -- $12 bento boxes contain your choice of fish, teriyaki chicken, or steak plus tempura shrimp, Japanese salad (tossed baby greens and shredded carrots in a ginger vinaigrette), fried tofu cake, and slices of maki. The room is quiet and pretty, done up in shades of pistachio and tangerine, with exposed ductwork and giant cement beams that double as service stations. A flat-panel screen suspended above the bar shows clips from Japanese cooking programs.
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