Sushi restaurants in Lincoln Park are pretty common, so expect few surprises at Sushi Para X, from the owners of the popular Suahi Para II
The menu is what you would expect anywhere: California rolls, miso soup, eel, tuna, cream-cheese rolls. And it's a sizable menu for fancy rolls like the World Series Roll – soft-shell crab tempura inside, tuna, eel and avocado on the outside - or the Valentines Roll – spicy tuna inside, tuna outside in a heart shape, of course.
As at any American sushi joint, there are also alternatives to the aforementioned usual for folks who aren't into raw fish. Hot plates are meals with cooked meat, rice and a side, which comes in teriyaki, tempura and Age Mano (deep fried in bread crumbs). The intention is good, but it's probably best to stick to the main gig and order the sushi, unless you just want something easy to order that comes complete. The vegetarian rolls, while basic, are a great option. The sweet potato roll comes highly recommended.
The location is right off of the crazy busy six-intersection streets of Diversey, Broadway, and Clark, so it is an easy trek. The space is warm, with red walls and dim lighting, and the decor is modern, crisp and clean. The space is also bigger than it looks. Once inside, you'll see that the tables are spaced apart enough to not feel like you are dining with a camp of strangers.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Sally Ho