CHIReview

7.4

Sushi Dokku

$$$$(312) 455-8238
Hours:WED
5PM-10PM

There are three different levels of sushi. One: Cheap and not awesome – the sort of place you put up with for easy delivery or an all-you-can-eat sushi situation in your sweatpants. Two: Good and reasonably priced – the kind of reliable spot you can go to mid-week and be satisfied without completely breaking the bank. Three: Excellent and expensive – you might pay rent late, but it’s worth it.

Sushi Dokku is category two. It’s good, and while slightly high on the price side, you won’t have to worry about your credit card getting declined. Sushi Dokku does a good job of offering straightforward sashimi and nigiri, interesting combinations like a hamachi nigiri with grapefruit and black lava sea salt, plus the ridiculous rolls you might crave. Don’t overlook the cooked items on the menu either, because they are also really good. Any of the noodle dishes are worth ordering, and we’re particularly into the grilled hamachi collar.

Situated on Randolph St. in the West Loop, Sushi Dokku is a good choice when you want to eat in the neighborhood without putting up with trendier, busy spots. Not that you should stroll up here in your pajamas, but it’s more low-key than most of its neighbors. You can meet a friend at Sushi Dokku, meet a date, post up at the bar solo, or even grab a carry out if you live nearby.

Overall, it’s a convenient spot that still maintains sushi integrity. And that’s an important kind of sushi restaurant to have.

Food Rundown

Agedashi Tofu

A light but good appetizer of hot egg tofu with tempura sauce, ginger, green onion, and maguro flakes.

Hama Kama or Sake Kama

Don’t sleep on this hot dish order. You can get a collar of hamachi, which is a fatty piece of fish, either fried or grilled. We like it grilled, and for $11 it’s a great deal.

Sashimi & Nigiri

The basic stuff is solid. None of it will make you mad.

Chef Dressed Nigiri Bites

Chef Dressed Nigiri Bites is a section on the menu that offers nigiri with a twist. A couple of our favorites are the hamachi with grapefruit, black lava sea salt, and green onion; big eye tuna with garlic soy sauce; and smoked eel with sea salt, lemon, and arugula.

Northern California Roll

We like this larger, filling roll with soft shell crab, onion, masago, and avocado.

Hot Daisy

Something a little different. Tuna, masago, spicy mayo, and cucumber wrapped in soy paper instead of seaweed and spritzed with lime. It’s spicy and interesting.

Featured in

.
The Best Affordable Sushi Restaurants In Chicago guide image
Guide
The Best Affordable Sushi Restaurants In Chicago

Casual sushi restaurants perfect for any day of the week.

The Chicago Neighborhood Delivery & Takeout Directory guide image
Guide
The Chicago Neighborhood Delivery & Takeout Directory

Want to know which Chicago restaurants are open for delivery and takeout in your neighborhood? You’re in the right place.

Where To Eat Outside In The West Loop guide image
Guide
Where To Eat Outside In The West Loop

West Loop restaurants where you can eat outside today.

Suggested Reading

.
Arami review image
Review
Arami

Quality sushi in a cool space, but we're not sold it's worth the price.

Hub 51 review image
Review
Hub 51

Utilize Hub 51 for its strengths. Disclaimer: that doesn’t include full course dinners.

Juno Sushi review image
8.1
Review
Juno Sushi

Juno is a great sushi spot in Lincoln Park.

Kyoto review image
Review
Kyoto

Kyoto is our go-to neighborhood sushi spot. It might look average, but the food is much better than that.