Tanoshii Sushi Mike's | West Loop/Fulton Market | Asian | Restaurant
Tanoshii Sushi Mike's

Tanoshii Sushi Mike's

Julia Thiel

West Loop outpost of chef-owner Mike Ham's popular Andersonville sushi spot.

Our Review

The original Andersonvile location of Tanoshii has built its reputation on the sushi creations of chef-owner Mike Ham—aka Sushi Mike—who's known for the off-menu specialty rolls he'll make on request. This West Loop location is elegant and minimalist in its decor. It's also got a liquor license (the original location is BYOB) and offers quite a few sakes. The menu is a bit more upscale than the original location; the sushi rolls are priced a little higher, and there are items like a king crab leg appetizer and wagyu steak entree that aren't offered in Andersonville. Up north there's an entire page of the menu encouraging diners to let the chefs "create customized sushi dishes suited just to your tastes." Here I had to ask the waiter, who cheerfully assured me that they did offer omakase (the term for chef's choice). Our rolls averaged out to $20 apiece. It's pricey, but I've been to the Andersonville Tanoshii several times and I've never been disappointed—and I wasn't here either. The honey and truffle oil that topped a rose made of maguro tuna beautifully complemented the buttery fish, while chives offset the richness. The same sauce worked equally well on a roll with escolar, crab, and shiitake mushrooms sautéed in soy sauce. A wakame salad with tender slices of octopus was fresh, light, and just slightly funky (in a good way). An amped-up spicy tuna roll with tempura crab, avocado, and spicy sauce was equally fresh and well-balanced. And while I've always thought fruit sushi is a little too cutesy, I loved a savory-sweet roll with escolar, crab, and avocado topped with strawberries and jalapeño; the acidity and sweetness from the strawberry played well with the spicy jalapeño and rich fish.

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