Press Release | Wed January 13, 2016, 04:54 PM EST
Miku Sushi, the stylish Japanese restaurant serving creative sushi, authentic Japanese ramen and other food delights, will celebrate its one-year anniversary January 16-31 with half price specials on all Maki rolls served between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., including their Signature, Classic and Traditional Maki. This popular sushi destination, located at 4514 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago (773-654-1277) has built a steady following among neighborhood locals and Japanese food lovers from surrounding areas, by focusing on quality and variety, coupled with creativity and beautiful presentation.
Owners Stanley Liem and Sara Katekaew have succeeded by setting very high standards, refusing to cut corners. "We have taken it upon ourselves to build a really talented team and we do things that Japanese people in Chicago expect and our American guests now look forward to," said Liem. "For example, we get our sushi grade fish from the renowned Tsukiji Market, the largest fish market in Japan. We choose the freshest fish of the day and it is flown directly to Chicago. It's definitely a challenge, but we believe we owe it to our guests to serve only the freshest and finest."
The extensive Maki menu is divided into three sections, Signature, Classic and Traditional, each with its special focus. This enables Miku to offer maki creations for the adventurous as well as for purists. The menu also offers many other dishes, including soups, salads, hot and cold small plates, Skewers, nigari, sushi and sashimi, and
The Signature Maki are known for their cutting edge creativity. Miku's most popular Signature Maki is the Flaming Dragon (shrimp tempura, salmon, super white tuna, black tobiko, scallion, honey spicy mayo, $16), which is brought to the table, literally, flaming. It is an exciting presentation that quickly becomes a delicious eating experience. Other popular items from this group include the Fiesta Maki (spicy tuna, lobster, avocado, cilantro, super white tuna, red tobiko and wasabi aioli, $16); the X'mas Maki (spicy tuna, spicy snow crab, cucumber topped with lobster, avocado, masago, sweet soy, $14); and the Yoko Maki (shrimp tempura, snow crab, avocado, scallion, tempura crunch, topped with seared tuna, sweet & spicy aioli, chili pepper paste and lime juice, $15).
The Lincoln Square Classic Maki pay homage to Tank Sushi, the innovative former occupant of the space. "When we took over the space, we knew that Tank's signature maki were very popular and it would have been a shame to deprive our guests of the sushi they had come to enjoy. So we included them in the menu," said Liem. Classic Maki choices include the popular Robusuta (lobster, fried banana, red tobiko, wrapped inside-out with crispy rice, topped with micro green and spicy honey mayo, $16); the Ocean Sundae (shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado, red tobiko, sriracha, scallion covered with tempura crumb, wasabi mayo and sweetsoy, $15); and the Smokey Bear (unagi, cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, topped with smoked salmon,
Sushi lovers who prefer more traditional maki will enjoy Miku's high-quality renditions of favorites including the California ($8), the Dragon ($14); the Rainbow ($15); the Soft Shell Crab ($11) plus several other choices.
A Best Kept Secret: The Ramen at MIku Sushi
Liem and Katekaeware equally enthusiastic about their Ramen, which is prepared with absolutely no short cuts. "Our recipe is authentically Japanese, and we take 72 hours of slow cooking and many steps to prepare it," said Liem. "We believe it is as good as any Ramen available because it is based upon a renowned Japanese recipe (our secret), we use only fresh, natural ingredients-vegetables, chicken and pork-and we do it the way it is supposed to be done. Our slow cooking and constant skimming and straining bring out the flavors of the ingredients and so we use very little oil and absolutely no flavor enhancers. Our Ramen is really quite healthy and amazingly full bodied and delicious. Many of our guests have become devotees."
About Stanley Liem and Sara Katekaew
This energetic and dedicated husband and wife team have emerged as a couple to watch within Chicago's restaurant scene. They first met several years ago when they worked at Tank Sushi, in the same space that now houses Miku Sushi. After knowing each other for four years, their relationship blossomed and once they married, they dreamed of becoming restaurant owners. They opened their first restaurant in 2011, Inari Sushi in Elmwood Park, a Chicago suburb. Their second restaurant, which opened in 2013, was a Thai restaurant called Sala Bua Thai, located in Chicago's Chinatown. They sold the restaurant in November of 2015. Having heard that the Tank space was available, they opened Miku Sushi in January 2015, bringing them back to the place where they first met. The couple plans to open a new Thai restaurant on Chicago's north side sometime in the future, and other concepts also are in the works.
About Miku Sushi
Miku Sushi is a stylish, upscale casual Japanese restaurant located at 4514 N. Lincoln Ave., south of Wilson Avenue, in Chicago's bustling Lincoln Square neighborhood. The restaurant is situated near many unique attractions including the Old Town School of Folk Music, the Davis Theater and specialty boutiques. Miku Sushi's menu includes a wide selection of fresh, high-quality Japanese cuisine prepared from the finest ingredients: soups, salads, small plates, maki, ramen, sushi, nigari, special entrées and desserts. The full bar serves creative Asian-inspired cocktails and a wide selection of sakes, wines and beer. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. All major cards are accepted. Ample parking is available on the street or in nearby public parking lots. For more information or to make reservations, please call Miku Sushi at 773-654-1277 or visit the website, www.mikuchicago.com.
Press Release | Wed January 13, 2016, 04:54 PM EST
Sushi Platter at Miku Sushi Chicago
Mixed Skewers at Miku Sushi Chicago Alligator, Bacon Scallop, Chicken Thigh, Chicken Liver, Ribeye, Squid, Shiitake Mushroom
Flaming Dragon Maki at Miku Sushi Chicago
Spicy Roasted Garlic Miso Ramen at Miku Sushi Chicago
Kabocha King Crab Soup at Miku Sushi Chicago
Miku Sushi Chicago Interior
Stanley Liem and Sara Katekaew, owners of Miku Sushi in Lincoln Squaqre, Chicago photo credit- DNAInfo, Patty Wettli