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Sushi Mura

View Map3647 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 281-9155
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Editorial Review of Sushi Mura

One peek at the gallery of photographs plastered across the walls reveals the heart of the Sushi Mura experience: sake bombs. Snapshots of patrons young and old, in varying states of drunkenness, are pictured, often with the restaurant's owner, merrily toasting with cups of sake. Regulars enjoy more than a spot in the sake bomber's wall of fame; two mounted cubbies house dozens of wooden sake boxes inscribed with customers' names, making Mura more of a second home for its regulars than merely a favorite restaurant.

Modestly dressed in paper lanterns, potted bamboo plants and freshly cut flowers at every table, the small space is conducive to intimate dining. Dine at the sushi bar and the chefs will chat you up, learn your name and maybe even name a roll in your honor.

The menu boasts a bevy of specialties: Danny's Super Awesome roll (cucumber, shrimp and crab meat wrapped in rice paper) and the Sweet Jalapeno roll (cream cheese, spicy tuna, masago and unagi). Picky eaters beware: the menu specifically requests that customers don't ask for substitutions. However, with options like the $16 Caterpillar roll (spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, chopped lettuce and cucumber wrapped in soybean paper and avocado), who needs to make up their own roll? Combo deals abound as well ($10-$29); we like the Mura favorite, with spicy tuna maki and eight pieces of nigiri.

Average cost: $21-$30

Centerstage Reviewer: Jessica Herman

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4:30-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4:30-11:30 p.m. Friday; noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday

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