Gimmicky Sushi Rolls are Alive and Well in Chicago

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Kyu's salmon-caramel roll
Kyu’s salmon-caramel roll Photo: Kyu Sushi

Our New York siblings may be concerned about a downturn in sushi dining, but here in Chicago gourmet rolls appear to be doing just fine, thanks — and the weirder, the better. Two recent openings embody the sushi-as-performance-art trend: Kyu Sushi opened last month in Ukranian Village, offering unexpected items like a caramel-salmon roll brightened with tobiko and orange, and a BLT roll that’s exactly what it sounds like. Downtown, the old Farmerie 58 space has been reborn as Sushi Tayo, a sleek space that just screams “pre-clubbing dinner,” and the crazy-wild-anything-goes vibe extends into seasonal rolls like the autumnal Kobe Harvest, which features the unholy combination of salmon, tempura pumpkin, and Kobe beef.

Gimmicky Sushi Rolls are Alive and Well in Chicago