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"Come to this bamboo-clad izakaya, with its comfortable sushi bar and soaring skylights, for impressively rendered small plates and specialty cocktails featuring Japanese spirits. The night’s tsukemono can reveal spicy okra, crisp hearts of palm, and sweet burdock root. The nigiri selection might showcase New Zealand King salmon topped with pickled wasabi root. The robata produces grilled maitakes with Japanese sea salt and black garlic purée; and gani korroke, a crunchy-creamy crab croquette, is plated with togarashi-spiked mayonnaise. Don't turn down the all-ice cream dessert menu, which includes enticing flavors like coconut-cinnamon-banana. It comes nestled in granola-like bits of miso-graham cracker crumble for a finish as sweet as it is unique." - Michelin Guide

"Arami is not the destination for fat, gimmicky maki. Instead, fresh seafood spiked with garlic, truffle, and pickled items let flavors sparkle in a more subtle way. Toro tartare comes in a single bite of minced tuna with bonito-soy sauce, Asian pear, and black tobiko; while hamachi sashimi draped over black river rocks shine with pickled mushroom, truffle oil, and sprouts." - Michelin Guide 2015

"On a stretch of gated doors, window displays of dangling bamboo, moss, and river stones offer an inviting, serene retreat at Arami. Inside, a long sushi bar and skylights cut into cathedral-like ceilings enhance the minimalist space framed with soft green walls. Specialty cocktails with Japanese spirits complement an ample inventory of sake, Scotch, sochu, and beers."  - Michelin Guide 2014

"The word fresh bears repeating with each plate's presentation--listen to the chef when he politely recommends leaving soy sauce off the rolled coins of maki mono stuffed with hamachi and maguro, then crowned with cooked shrimp, spicy mayo, and Japanese salsa." 
-  Michelin Guide 2012







BEST JAPANESE CUISINE IN CHICAGO

"Plates of sushi are painterly — heck, everything coming to your table looks as if it could be displayed in a gallery."

JACKY RUNICE, CBS CHICAGO:SEPT'15




Bon Appétit: the best new sushi restaurants in america

BON APPETIT: The Best New Sushi Restaurants in America:MAY'12


 
 

"Ethereal sushi has never been so down to earth"

Julia Kramer, Time Out Chicago:SEPT'10.


 
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THE 50 BEST RESTAURANTS IN CHICAGO: #10

PEOPLES CHOICE | ZAGAT : JAN15


"Elegant, artful sushi that shows both restraint and swagger"

- Gayot.com


"Best New Restaurants in Chicago 2011"
- By Penny Pollack and Jeff Ruby. Chicago Magazine, APR 2011.

"Arami in West Town: Not Your Average Japanese Restaurant"
- Penny Pollack, Chicago Magazine, JAN 2011.


"Arami: Subtlety in a flashy sushi world" - Kevin Pang, Chicago Tribune APR 2012.



"What's New: Simple, Superior Sushi"
- By Kristina Meyer and Mike Sula, Chicago Reader SEPT 2010

Best new restaurants of 2010, Chicago Reader