Bistro Wasabi Sushi Bar

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Though it looks, sounds and feels like a near-north sushi spot, the wildly popular Bistro Wasabi sits in unlikely Lake in the Hills, an area otherwise dotted with every big-box retailer and chain restaurant on the planet. The dynamic fusion eatery is owned by Jino and Maria Kim, who previously rolled their maki in Chicago's Tsunami restaurant and demonstatively, know firsthand the attraction of sleek design, cool ambience and precision sushi. Fanciful maki isn't all you'll find at this strip mall surprise. There's also generously fat gyoza with lighter-than-air casing, fresh specials such as oysters on the half shell tweaked Asian, shrimp and scallops stir-fried hibachi style, a bunch of teriyakis and the signature 14-ounce certified Black Angus steak. You can't go wrong with outstanding apps like sashimi ceviche with warm tortilla chips or sweet bundles of aspargus beef roll. About 25 different makis, including a daily roster of inventive specials, keep the sushi chefs busy and the weekend lines snaking out the door. Bartenders don't have time to ponder over Sudoku puzzles either, considering the sheer number of martinis and artfully presented sakes served at each table.