Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sushi Para M

Location: 1633 N Milwaukee Ave.
Cost: $18.99 per person

The first family of sushi, the Finkles, came to the city to take out some of their out of town family members to dinner. They were generous enough to invite me along. Now they can really make a dent when it comes to seafood, rice, and seaweed which is why an all you can eat deal is right up their alley. Sometimes when I hit up these types of places, I worry that we'll get charged for leaving too much extra on the plate, but with this crowd that's not much of a concern. Accordingly, we hit up Sushi Para M.

Logistics
The setup is pretty much the same as Sushi Para II. I can't say for sure, but it seems like this one is a little less crowded. It has less seating than the Lincoln Park location. You can make reservations with large enough parties, and we fell into that category.

I thought the food came out quickly enough, but the service was haphazard and disorganized. They have each person fill out their order on a piece of paper with their name. When the plates came out they just put them in the middle of the table. This was pretty tough to deal with since a lot of the orders were relatively similar. No one really knew if they were eating exactly what they ordered, and it was tough to differentiate among certain rolls.

The deal is the same as the other locations too. For $18.99 you get all you can eat sushi and some other items. You can place as many orders as you'd like, but if you leave too much extra food on the plate they'll charge you.

The Food
For starting dishes we got some Veggie Tempura, Gyoza, Pepper Tuna Salad, Cucumber Salad, and some Octopus. The pepper tuna salad and the veggie tempura were worth the stomach space, but the other dishes were just noise.

The Cucumber Salad

The Pepper Tuna Salad

The Veggie Tempura

 The Octopus

From there we tried out pretty much every roll on the menu. The highlights for me were the Spicy Tuna Hand Roll, the Chicago Roll (salmon, eel, avocado, masago), and the Spider Roll. The fish tasted fresh. I don't think they went overboard trying to fill us up with rice. Still, they have exterior rice on all of the rolls, and I kind of miss the flavor added by a traditional seaweed exterior. The amount of fish per roll was also pretty fair.

The Spicy Tuna Hand Roll

Some Sashimi

My First Plate

 My Second Plate

It should also be noted that you don't have to get the all you can eat sushi deal. Lonnie decided to go with the Beef Negimaki. She seemed pleased enough with the dish, but I think the purpose of this place is to grotesquely stuff yourself with fish.

 The Beef Negimaki

Overall
I don't think anything is that particularly special about Sushi Para M. I felt like it was a little better than Sushi Para II with respect to the restaurant setup and time of food turnaround. Sushi can get pricey, and I understand the draw of a place giving you all you can eat for $18.99. None the less, you pay an additional "cost" in service, care of preparation, and quantity of rice. I'm giving them 2.5 out of 5 Pearls.


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