Shine (formerly called Shine Morida) has moved from its old location near the Metra stop at Armitage and Fremont, where it spent 17 years, to the corner of Halsted and Webster. That's great news for DePaul students and Lincoln Park
residents who want sushi and noodles for less-than-purse-busting prices. Shine still separates its menu into mainland Asian and Japanese fare, stir-fried meat and grilled meat, hot appetizers and cold appetizers, cooked fish and raw fish. Just donít be intimidated by the choices. Navigating this itemized ethnic cuisine should be easy.
Splurge on the Hong Kong steak served with eggplant and crispy wonton strips or the yaki niku "kalbi" marinated in a sweet Korean barbecue sauce for $24. The Glazed Salmon fillet served with mushrooms and pine nuts in a miso-soy sauce ($20) is also delicious. Or dive into the plentiful stir fry options: the spicy Kung Pao or General Tso;s is well-known, but try the crispy asparagus or orange sauce dish. The stir fry costs between $11 and $18, depending on whether you fancy tofu, chicken, beef or shrimp.
If you're looking for some fresh fish in your catch, walk to the sushi bar in the third room from the door, under the red umbrella. The signature rolls range in price from $9-$14 and feature such globetrotting options as the Mexican maki (cilantro, lime, avocado and jalapeno) and the Hawaii maki (cream cheese, avocado and macadamia nuts). The wait staff recommends the Shine maki (crispy shrimp, cucumber, baby tuna) and the honey roll (white tuna, cucumber and sesame honey sauce). They're great for sharing, so bring a group.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Jacob Wheeler