Toro Sushi | Lincoln Park | Japanese | Restaurant
BYO sushi in Lincoln Park featuring maki such as the "Oh My God" roll.

Our Review

When sushi chef Mitch yells "Irasshaimase!" as you enter his tiny, spare space, he seems to really mean it--whatever he's saying--and you feel instantly welcome and at home. While Mitch tends the sushi bar, his wife, Jenny, coordinates the rest of the service all by herself, so when it's busy, service tends to be slow and apologetic. Sushi Toro separates itself from the ever growing sushoid pack by offering better fish for little money, and while I can't say it's Heat- or Japonais-quality fish, how could it be at these prices? Ordering smaller quantities for daily delivery helps to keep things fresh, and Mitch refuses to buy items like uni or toro when out of season just for the sake of keeping them on the menu. Nigiri sushi is of the slab school, where fish is cut thick and slightly oversize, then draped over the rice. Maki range from the modest negi hamachi (yellowtail and scallions) to the aptly named "Oh My God!" roll, whose roster of ingredients would take me over my word limit. For something different, there are house specials like deep-fried stuffed shiitake mushrooms and spicy grilled mussels; Korean bulgogi and kalbi are also on offer. This little parlor is BYO, making it even more desirable.

Kristina Meyer

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