When the frigid Chicago winter weather starts to wear on you, bask in the flavors of summer at Blue Sushi Sake Grill. Just order the Sake Sangria. With hints of lemon and lime, it’ll take you right back to the sandy shores of Lake Michigan on a balmy summer’s day. The cucumber-jalapeno margarita and the raspberry mojito are a few other options that are bound to warm you up.
The newly opened eatery isn’t just known for its cocktails, though! It also brings the summer vibes with a menu replete with fresh seafood, starting with small plates like coconut crab soup, mango crab rangoons, and truffle salmon sashimi. Since its debut, Blue Sushi has been making waves with its chef’s fresh take on sushi—like the already-popular Lion’s King maki roll. The chef combines crab, spicy salmon, avocado, and scallions in this fiery roll and then tops it with eel sauce and chili aioli. Order it alongside a few vegan maki rolls, like the Green Goddess with faux tuna, cucumber, and cilantro or the Prince Roll with eggplant tempura, avocado, and sweet soy sauce.