Ukai Japanese Restaurant

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Though the ambiance is more Eastern than Midwestern (think dreamy music, a stylish sushi bar and dim lighting--your typical sushi bar setup) Chicago gets its due at this Lakeview spot. There’s a Viva Chicago Roll (yellowtail, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice and spicy mayo sauce), as well as maki named for the Bears, Bulls, White Sox, Cubs and Blackhawks. If sushi’s not your thing, try the hanger steak prepared with bell peppers and okra or the scallops with Brussels sprouts, bacon and cauliflower puree. You’ll also find a host of tempura, noodle and rice dishes, and a few new twists on old favorites, such as the Farmville salad (tomato, mozzarella, olives, parsley, cilantro, olive oil).