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The Chicago Traveler


by Matt B on January 1st, 2008

When I first walked into Agami, I thought I was in the wrong neighborhood. A contemporary sushi place with this fanciful d'cor? I obviously had to be downtown. But no, this dining room featuring a curved bar, sushi bar, and striking red banquettes is found in Chicago's north side, in Uptown. The textured turquoise walls suggest an oceanic venture, accompanied by sky-high seaweed sculptures. If that weren't enough to get the point across, large flat-screen TVs project scenes of underwater footage.

The menu is extensive, offering dozens of recognizable maki, nigiri, and sashimi options, along with a few seasonal specialties. Start out with appetizers like the Spicy Tuna Rice Crispy'spicy tuna tartare on buttered crispy rice garnished with thinly sliced jalapenos. If you'd like a little bit of everything, ask for the tuna sampler'the chef's special presentation of various kinds of tuna sashimi.

Entrees include the signature Agami Maki is comprised of lightly battered spicy tuna and cream cheese with avocado, asparagus, wasabi tobiko, and tempura, all wrapped with soybean sheet and drizzled with wasabi and eel sauce. The Ocean Drive arrives in a star formation on the plate'tuna, yellowtail, avocado, green peppers, cilantro, and spicy mayo wrapped with soft cod sheet, drizzled with chili oil and lime juice. And the Green Turtle'fresh water eel, avocado, and tempura topped with shrimp and wasabi'comes shaped like an adorable reptile. Whatever you decide on, don't touch the soy sauce! The chef here has put a lot of work into making sure that his creations have the perfect flavor and texture without any added condiments.

If you're not in the mood for sushi, Agami offers filet mignon and grilled teriyaki chicken, but seafood is the feature here. The lobster tail saut'ed in garlic-butter, pan-seared shrimp, and grilled salmon all come served with saut'ed vegetables and kabocha mashed potatoes.

Complete with excellent, friendly service, this 'out-of-place' sushi spot is easily becoming the place to be.

Agami ($$): 4712 N Broadway St; 773-506-1845
Mon ' Thurs: 5:00 p.m. ' 12 midnight
Fri ' Sat: 5:00 p.m. ' 2:00 a.m.
Sun: 5:00 p.m. ' 10:30 p.m.
Street parking available
Public trans: Bus # 36, 81, 151 or Red Line (Lawrence)

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