Our Food Adventures in Chicago

Toro Sushi

In eating out! on March 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm

So a few weeks ago I hatched a master plan. You see, I knew of an ultra-exclusive sushi place that had gotten hundreds of rave reviews. Well, not that ultra-exclusive, but they don’t take reservations and there’s usually a 2 hour wait. Close enough. Did I mention we love sushi?

Toro Sushi Sign

Toro Sushi Sign

Oh right so the master plan was to stop by this place on my way back from work, put my name on the waiting list, get Jess, find some booze (the place is BYOB) and get back to the sushi place just as our turn in line comes up. Long story short, this worked out perfectly. Before we knew it, there we were, at the famed Toro Sushi of Chicago. And boy were we hungry!

The Sushi Chef (owner?)

After some confusion about the seating, we finally got a small table across from the sushi bar, where we proceeded to snap pictures of the chef. Judging by the asian-finger-in-v-shape stance he immediately assumed, this happens a lot. Which was a good sign because people don’t usually take pictures of the chef when they’re unhappy with the food. Also from reading other reviews I suspect he may be the owner of the place too.

Anyway, as soon as we started getting settled in to our small table – oh yeah, this place was small! – we were promptly located to another small table where we sat between two other small tables with less than a foot of space in between. If we weren’t such good sports this would have been annoying. But our new neighbors seemed to be good spirited so it all worked out. In fact, it turned out that one of them actually sells spirits – the alcoholic kind – and he later recommended some good sake.

The signature "Oh My God" roll

The signature "Oh My God" roll

“What about the food?” you ask. Oh yes, there was food too. Of the sushi variety. Pictured above is the Oh My God roll, which I had read is one of the more popular rolls at Toro. Aside from the mouthwatering presentation, this was a pretty delicious roll. I don’t remember all the things that were in it but as you can see it was a bunch of stuff =P  … looks like some eel on top of the roll, too. Pretty tasty indeed. Here’s a closer look:

Oh My God roll, a closer look

Oh My God roll, a closer look

Mmmm doesn’t that look tasty? We also got a Kamikaze roll, which was equally delicious and contained some other stuff inside of it. It actually had a mess of ingredients on top of it too, which I didn’t particularly think was a great idea but Jess liked this roll the best out of the ones we tried (while I preferred the Oh My God roll.) Oh and of course we couldn’t resist the ikura, or for the layman, salmon roe. Or, for the super layman, fish eggs. Yes we ate unborn baby fish. And they were salty and crunchy and delicious and we’d do it again if we had some more!

Ikura

Ikura

As you can see, the ikura was served in a cucumber boat, which was pretty unique. Tastewise, it was a good combination and one we would certainly try again at home if we were to get our hands on some roe.

For us, no sushi outing is complete without some sashimi and this was no exception. The sashimi came in 3 pieces, which was cool, but they were not as large as we had hoped, which was not as cool but they were still tasty so overall we were satisfied. Haha clearly my food-review vocabulary is not up to par. But check out the, again, mouthwatering presentation!

Salmon Sashimi

Salmon Sashimi

Fearing that the 2 rolls, the ikura, and the sashimi might not be enough, we also ordered a salmon roll, which was smaller. It ended up being the perfect amount – we were both very full and were not forced to overeat due to overordering.

Kamikaze Roll

Kamikaze Roll

All in all we were pretty happy with this place and the food. It still didn’t compare to a certain sushi place we had visited in San Francisco, but for Chicago sushi I think this ranks near the top out of the places we have tried so far. And we also got some free ice cream for dessert, due to having had our seating relocated at the beginning of the night.

Toro Sushi

Toro Sushi

I would be glad to come back to Toro Sushi again sometime. Especially due to its close proximity to Molly’s Cupcakes, but we’ll save that one for a later post.

-alex

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  1. mollys cupcakes! hehe. mmmm i dream of ikura…

  2. mmmm Ikura in a tiny cucumber boat…looks delicious! I’ll have to check it out sometime. How was the pricing of this place? A lot of times sushi places in chicago are expensive but not necessarily good, but this place seems worth it (and BYOB to boot!). Plus, I love their sign…it is so true 🙂

    Keep it up guys! I love the blog and the cute (delicious) pics!

  3. yea! it was actually pretty affordable. and byob definitely made it worth it, though they limit you to one bottle of wine or one bottle of sake? anyways, lets go!

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