Sagano Japanese Restaurant

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The interior of this downtown Barrington sushi spot is strikingly similar to a suburban mall, circa 1983, from the turquoise and magenta geometric shapes hanging on the walls and ceiling to the black-tiled floors and ledges topped with potted plants. The half a dozen seats at the sushi bar are often filled even early in the week. Pan-fried dumplings arrive with a spicy sauce for dipping, while other starters include deep-fried softshell crab, ginger chicken wings and salads featuring seaweed, raw tuna or rice vinegar-drizzled cucumbers. Most maki rolls are just big enough that they take two bites -- a tricky feat when wrapped with nori. Non-sushi eaters can look to plentiful tempura and teriyaki options.