A new sushi restaurant makes a splash in the Gold Coast.
Sunday nights can be complicated: You’re craving one last night on the town before a week of meetings, yet looking for an eatery that skews low key. Enter Jellyfish (1009 N. Rush). Combining sleek urban design with the mellow mood of a seaside retreat, it’s miles away from the Gold Coast hustle and bustle — yet chic enough to start the week off on a stylish note.
At Jellyfish, managing partners Joseph De Vito and Josh Carl have brought together a youthful culinary team to create a restaurant unlike any other in the city.
“What’s cool about the restaurant is that it takes you on a tour of Asia,” says De Vito. Executive chef Harold Jurado (of Japonais and Chizakaya) and sushi chef Andy Galsan (of SushiSamba Rio) have come together to create a menu that features fresh sushi, classic maki rolls and standard Asian dishes such as Mandarin orange duck ($30). But there’s also a selection of nontraditional dishes topped with traditional flavors, such as the rocco taco with hamachi, radish, red onion, citrus, ponzu and wontons ($13).
Pair dinner with an equally flavorful cocktail such as the Mad Dragon (beer, sriracha, worchestershire, lime, barbecue bitters, $8) and sip it while surrounded by the melodic colors of whitewashed beechwood, creamy-white booths and ocean-blue tiles, and it’s easy to forget it’s the end of the weekend — almost.
Take Out: At Home Sushi
Looking for a sushi fix at home, but haven’t yet mastered the bamboo roll method? Check out these suggestions from GrubHub, the Chicago-based takeout and delivery site.
Sunda New Asian, 110 W. Illinois
The fresh, imaginative rolls from award-winning Sunda combine flavors such as creamy lobster, wagyu sashimi and truffle-foie aioli. Don’t miss the crispy rice appetizer topped with spicy tuna and jalapeno (pictured).
Ra Sushi, 1139 N. State
Ra’s eclectic flavors are evident in maki rolls like the Pacific roll with avocado and mango salsa (pictured).