I’ve been in the city for a few years and I’ve been on a never ending quest to find the best sushi place! When people ask me what my favorite sushi place is, I’ve realized…I don’t have one! It is usually whichever place is the closest to my work/home. But as far as delicious, fresh and tongue-dancing sushi? I don’t know!
Tonight, a couple friends and I decided to try Macku in Lincoln Park. 4 and a half stars on Yelp? So far, so good. On a quiet strip off of Clybourn, we find Macku. It’s typical sushi decor, which means the place is pretty minimum. The menu looks impressive….lots of categories and atypical of what you find in most sushi places. There’s bison, truffle, venison…etc. Then you have your traditional rolls. We order two rolls each, very basic rolls as we did not feel like going all out. I had the Hamachi Ebi Tempura which was yellowtail, crispy shrimp, cilantro, jalapenos, scallions, avocado, and roe. And the Spicy Tuna Eel….
What I thought? First, they were the jumbo wide rolls…which i hate! It’s always a crap shoot to me whether I get those or the one bite sushi pieces…no these were two-biters. Second, it just didn’t taste…fresh. Eating my two rolls side by side, I couldn’t distinguish which was which. They tasted sort of like…generic sushi? None of the ingredients stood out. It was fine, but not the 4 and a half stars I was expecting. Perhaps my mistake was getting basic rolls instead of specialties (I wanted to order the sashimi, but just didn’t want to pay $15 for a few pieces at that time). But I figure even their basics should at least be above average. Above average it was not. I didn’t feel the price justified the taste or atmosphere of the place. Lesson learned…sometimes Yelp is WRONG!
My quest continues…..