Although Chicago has no shortage of good sushi restaurants, it’s always nice to try something new. Mako, an upscale sushi restaurant, recently opened in the West Loop, just a short distance from 215 West Apartments.
Mako is the creation of Chef BK Park, who has become known as one of the best sushi chefs in the United States. Originally from South Korea, he worked his way up in the Chicago food scene, spending time at Mirai Sushi as a head chef before opening Arami in the early 2000s.
Now at Mako, he serves the most pristine fish in the world, providing both atmosphere and luxurious cuisine.
Step into the long dining room at Mako, and you are greeted by a sleek line of tables on one side, and a sushi counter on the other side. The decor is simple, allowing you to focus on the delicious food in front of you. Watch the amazing sushi chefs at work behind the counter as they handle food with grace and finesse.
Best Menu Selections
Ordering at Mako is simple. They serve sushi omakase style, which means the chef prepares their own selection of dishes for you, rather than you ordering separate selections off the menu. Exact items change seasonally, but the menu typically includes a nice mixture of appetizer dishes, nigiri, and hand rolls. Guests rave about the seabass and the wagyu beef. The crab and monkfish appetizer is also flavorful and tender. You’ll be served about 20 small courses in total.
If you wish, you can also order chef-selected drink pairings to accompany your meal. The restaurant has a delightful selection of sake and Japanese whiskeys, too.
Visit Mako at 731 W. Lake Street in the West Loop. Reservations are highly recommended; they’re open Tuesday – Sunday for dinner only.
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