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Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge (CLOSED)

  • Asian, Chicken, Healthy, Japanese, Noodles, Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian
  • 358 W Ontario St, CHICAGO 60654 41.893357 -87.638962
  • (At N Orleans St)
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  • (312) 335-9888
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Soups, Salads and Appetizers

Miso Soup      3.50
Kabocha Corn Soup Creamy Japanese pumpkin and corn soup topped with chives.    4.50
Edamame Steamed soybean pods.    4.50
House Salad Mixed greens topped with ginger carrot dressing.    3.50
Seaweed Salad Assorted wakame seaweed and tofu served with vinaigrette dressing.    5.50
Sunomono Moriawase Shrimp, octopus, and whitefish with dashi vinaigrette sauce.    10.50
Goma Ae Blanched spinach served with black and white sesame dressing.    5.50
Gyu Tataki Thinly sliced seared beef with daikon and carrots withc hives, radish, and kaiware.    9.50
Bagna Cauda Shrimp and squid seasoned with garlic, olive oil, and anchovy.    10.50
Crab and Shrimp Cake Panko battered shrimp and crab cake served with a house tartar sauce.    9.50
Toro Tartar Chopped o-toro tuna served over creamy soft tofu and ceviche sauce, topped with fried spring roll skins.    12.50
Hamachi Carpaccio Thinly sliced yellowtail topped with ceviche, cilantro, and citurs ohba sauce.    15.50
Tempura Moriawase Tempura battered fried shrimp and assorted vegetables.    9.50
Beef Asparagus Maki Grilled asparagus wrapped with sliced beef topped with honey pear sauce and shaved almonds.    11.50
Hamachi Kama Shio Grilled yellowtail collar with salt.    10.50
Hamachi Kama Tare Grilled yellowtail collar with teriyaki sauce.    10.50
Madai Agedashi Two pieces of tempura fried Japanese sea bream snapper with fried tofu all in a tempura sauce. topped with chives and momiji oroshi.    7.50
Sake Ceviche Chopped fresh salmon with ceviche sauce and topped with avocado, ikura and sour cream mayo. Served with satsumaimo chips.    6.50
Mozzarella Cheese Agedashi Tempura mozzarella cheese, red snapper, and zucchini with dashi sauce.    9.50
Agedashi Tofu Without madai.    5.50

Kitchen Entrees

Chicken Teriyaki Grilled chicken with sauteed broccoli, teriyaki sauce in a crispy bowl.    12.00
Salmon Teriyaki Walnut and rosemary encrusted Norweigan salmon garnished with fried angel hair pasta and skewers of zucchini and cherry tomatoes.    14.50
Seabass Cartoccio California seabass baked in lemon butter with asparagus, shimeji, and enoki mushrooms.    16.50
Chaliapin Steak New York strip steak with ground onions, togarshi vinegar and ponzu sauce.    16.50
Wasabi Filet Mignon Wasabi-rubbed 6 oz. filet mignon served over Japanese sweet potato.    21.50

Bento Box

Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box Chicken in a teriyaki sauce. Served with seasonal white fish sunomono in Japanese vinaigrette, seasonal chef's choice sashimi, shrimp and vegetable tempura, agedashi tofu, miso soup and rice.    23.00
Chicken Katsu Bento Box Panko battered chicken flash fried and served with a Japanese bbq dipping sauce. Served with seasonal white fish sunomono in Japanese vinaigrette, seasonal chef's choice sashimi, shrimp and vegetable tempura, agedashi tofu, miso soup and rice.    23.00
Salmon Teriyaki Bento Box Scottish salmon topped with walnut and rosemary and teriyaki sauce. Served with seasonal white fish sunomono in Japanese vinaigrette, seasonal chef's choice sashimi, shrimp and vegetable tempura, agedashi tofu, miso soup and rice.    24.00
Beef Teriyaki Bento Box Tender cuts of New York strip steak in a teriyaki sauce. Served with seasonal white fish sunomono in Japanese vinaigrette, seasonal chef's choice sashimi, shrimp and vegetable tempura, agedashi tofu, miso soup and rice.    25.00
Honey Miso Steak Bento Box Grilled New York strip steak served with our house made honey miso sauce. Served with seasonal white fish sunomono in Japanese vinaigrette, seasonal chef's choice sashimi, shrimp and vegetable tempura, agedashi tofu, miso soup and rice.    26.00

Sushi Entrees

Tuna Don Assorted cuts of tuna served over a bed of kampyo, gari, unagi, seasoned sushi rice. Served with miso soup.    20.50
Chirashi Sushi Tuna, octopus, salmon, whitefish, hamachi, uni, ikura on a bef of kampyo, gari, unagi seasoned sushi rice. Served with miso soup.    28.50
Unagi Don Cooked freshwater eel served over kampyo, gari, adn unagi seasoned steamed rice. Served with miso soup.    20.00
Sushi Moriawase Chef's assortment of nigiri served with spicy tuna maki. Served with miso soup.    28.50
Sashimi Sushi Moriawase Chef's selection of sashimi and nigiri served with spicy tuna maki. Served with miso soup.    29.50

Nigiri and Sashimi

Salmon Flight Taste cuts of salmon.    12.50
White Fish Flight Taste cuts of white fish.    18.00
Tuna Flight Taste cuts of tuna.    36.00
Toro Flight Taste cuts of toro.    39.00
Roe Flight Array of infused tobiko.    12.00
Hamachi Yellowtail.    3.50
Spicy Hamachi Toro Fatty yellowtail with Japanese yuzu pepper.    4.00
Hirame Fluke.    3.50
Madai Japanese sea bream snapper.    4.00
Shima Aji Striped jack    4.00
Botan Ebi Botan shrimp, head served fried.    4.00
Sake Salmon.    3.00
Zuke Sake Marinated salmon.    3.00
Kunsei Sake Smoked salmon.    3.50
Beni Toro Fatty salmon    3.50
Akami Tuna Lean tuna.    3.00
Super White Tuna Escolar.    3.00
Chu-Toro Medium fatty tuna.    6.50
O-Toro Premium fatty tuna.    8.00
Aburi Toro Torched fatty tuna.    8.50
Tuna Avocado Tuna topped with avocado and wasabi mayo.    3.50
Hotate Kokkaido scallop.    3.00
Kani Crab    4.00
O-ebi Tiger prawn.    2.50
Botan Ebi Mayo Botan shrimp with torched mayo, head served fried.    4.50
Tako Octopus.    3.00
Tamago Sweet egg omelet.    2.50
Tobiko Flying fish roe; black, red, yellow, orange, or wasabi.    2.50
Ikura Salmon roe.    3.50
Uni Sea urchin.    4.50
Uni-Ika Squid and sea urchin.    4.50
Unagi Freshwater eel.    4.00
Unagi Sansho Freshwater eel with mountain pepper.    4.50
Smoked Duck Cherrywood smoked.    4.00
Mongo Ika Giant squid.    2.50
Kappa Negi-Toro Chopped fatty tuna served gunkkan wrapped in cucumber topped with negi.    4.50
Spicy Tako Two pieces of spicy octups nigiri wrapped with seaweed.    6.95
Spicy Hotate Two pieces of spicy scallop nigiri topped with avocado and wrapped with seaweed.    6.95
Uni-Hotate Torched sea urchin and scallop.    4.50

Standard Maki

Alaskan Maki King salmon, avocado.    6.50
California Maki Crab, avocado, cucumber.    7.50
Futo Maki Shrimp, eel, tamago, spinach, kampyo, shitake.    10.50
Garden Maki Carrots, asparagus, shitake, spinach.    6.50
Hawaiian Maki Tuna, avocado.    6.50
Negi Hama Maki Yellowtail, scallions.    6.50
Negi Toro Maki Fatty tuna, scallions.    8.50
Philadelphia Maki Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber.    6.50
Rainbow Maki Our California maki topped with assorted seafood.    10.50
Salmon Skin Maki Smoked toasted salmon skin, kaiware, cucumber, yamagobo.    6.50
Scorpion Maki Fried calamari, kaiware, cucumber, masago, chili sauce.    9.50
Spicy Tempura Ebi Maki Shrimp tempura, green onion.    7.50
Spider Maki Fried soft shell crab, cucumber, avocado, scallion topped with tuna flakes.    10.50
Tempura Satsumaimo Maki Tempura sweet potato.    6.50
Tempura Shitake Maki Tempura battered, fried shitake.    6.50
Unagi Cucumber Maki Freshwater eel, cucumber.    8.50
Unagi Sushi Tempura Maki Tempura freshwater eel.    8.50
Spicy Tuna Maki      6.95
Firecracker Maki Spicy tuna, tempura crunch, and jalapeno.    6.95

AI Signature Maki

Chef Hemmi Veggie Maki Our Garden maki topped with cucumber and moro-miso, mango, endive and sashyo, avocado and nori paste.    14.50
Chef Hemmi Spicy Tuna Maki Spicy tuna topped with spicy tako, avocado, spicy mayo and ikura, walnuts, rosemary, cucumber wrapped tempura flakes with wasabi mayo and masago and jalapeno.    14.50
Dragon Maki Shrimp tempura and tamago topped with slices of unagi and avocado.    14.95
Madai Ceviche Maki Avocado and cucumber topped with madai, ceviche sauce, cilantro and togarashi.    14.95
Orange Maki Shrimp tempura and scallions with fresh salmon brushed with ponzu, chivies, black tobiko and momoji oroshi.    14.95
Soft Shell Crab Volcano Maki Cucumber, avocado, tempura crunch topped with chopped soft shell crab and spicy mayo sauce.    14.95
Tropical Mango Maki Tuna and mango topped with slices of avocado and traditional koshyu grape sauce.    14.95
Crazy Jalapeno Maki Akami tuna and hamachi wrapped in soy paper with avocado, cilantro, jalapeno and wasabi infused tobiko topped with sour cream and cherry tomatoes all served atop spicy mayo.    14.95
Habanero Lobster Maki Tempura fried Maine lobster with kampyo, ginger, mango, and avocado topped with harbanero ceviche, capers, cilantro, and sour cream mayo.    15.95
Tako Spicy Tuna Maki Marinated tako, cucumber and tempura crunch topped with spicy tuna drizzled with unagi sauce and wasabi mayo.    14.95
Hotate Volcano Maki Two pieces of smoked salmon and cucumber maki crowned with spicy scallop and spicy mayo and torched.    6.95
Red Dragon Maki Soft shell crab, jalapeno and spicy mayo topped with tuna and avocado. Drizzled with unagi sauce and chili sauce.    14.95

Noodles

Tanuki Udon Udon noodles served with shiitake, green onion, mitsuba, kamaboko, inari age, and tempura crunch.    9.50
Organic Vegetarian Cha Soba Organic cha soba noodles with mixed vegetables with konbu brother.    9.50
Nabeyaki Udon Japanese style beef strips and egg over udon noodles with a seide of shrimp and vegetable tempura.    15.50

Lunch Soup, Salads and Appetizers

Miso Soup (Lunch)     3.50
Kabocha Corn Soup (Lunch) Creamy Japanese pumpkin and corn soup topped with chives.    4.50
Edamame (Lunch) Steamed soybean pods.    4.50
House Salad (Lunch) Mixed greens topped with ginger carrot dressing.    3.50
Seaweed Salad (Lunch) Assorted wakame seaweed, tofu served with vinaigrette dressing.    5.50
Sunomono Moriawase (Lunch) Shrimp, octopus, whitefish with dashi vinaigrette sauce.    10.50
Goma Ae (Lunch) Blanched spinach served with black and white sesame dressing.    5.50
Ebi Fry (Lunch) Panko battered fried shrimp.    5.00
Harumaki (Lunch) Japanese vegetarian spring rolls.    4.00
Gyoza (Lunch) Pork and vegetable dumplings    4.00
Ebi Shumai (Lunch) Shrimp and vegetable dumplings.    4.00
Chicken Kara Age (Lunch) Japanese style popcorn chicken.    4.00
Cheese Spring Rolls (Lunch) Fried spring rolls filled with mozzarella cheese and spinach.    4.00
Tako Yaki (Lunch) Balls of breaded octopus with kewpee.    4.00

Lunch Entrees

Sushi Moriawase (Lunch) Choice of Spicy Tuna or California along with 10 pieces of Chef's Choice Nagiri.    18.95
Maki Moriawase (Lunch) Choice of two maki.    13.95
Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box (Lunch) Grilled chicken with sauteed broccoli and teriyaki sauce. All bento boxes come with a side of house salad with ginger dressing, two pieces of spicy tuna maki, edamame, mashed Japanese sweet potato, seaweed salad, ebi shumai, and Japanese vegetarian egg ro    13.50
Salmon Teriyaki Bento Box (Lunch) Walnut and rosemary encrusted Norwegian salmon with teriyaki sauce. All bento boxes come with a side of house salad with ginger dressing, two pieces of spicy tuna maki, edamame, mashed Japanese sweet potato, seaweed salad, ebi shumai, and Japanese vegetar    13.50
Honey Miso Steak Bento Box (Lunch) Grilled New York strip steak served with homemade honey miso sauce. All bento boxes come with a side of house salad with ginger dressing, two pieces of spicy tuna maki, edamame, mashed Japanese sweet potato, seaweed salad, ebi shumai, and Japanese vegetar    15.00

Lunch Nigiri and Sashimi

Salmon Flight (Lunch) Taste cuts of salmon.    12.50
White Fish Flight (Lunch) Taste Cuts of white fish.    18.00
Tuna Flight (Lunch) Taste cuts of tuna.    36.00
Toro Flight (Lunch) Taste cuts of toro.    39.00
Roe Flight (Lunch) Array of infused tobiko.    12.00
Hamachi (Lunch) Yellowtail.    2.50
Spicy Hamachi Toro (Lunch) Fatty yellowtail with Japanese Yuzu pepper.    4.00
Hirame (Lunch) Fluke.    2.50
Madai (Lunch) Japanese sea bream snapper.    4.00
Shima Aji (Lunch) Striped jack.    4.00
Shime Saba (Lunch) Marinated mackerel.    3.50
Sake (Lunch) Salmon.    2.50
Zuke Sake (Lunch) Marinated salmon.    3.00
Kunsei Sake (Lunch) Smoked salmon.    3.50
Beni Toro (Lunch) Fatty salmon.    3.50
Akami Tuna (Lunch) Lean tuna.    2.50
Super White Tuna (Lunch) Escolar.    3.00
Kappa Negi-Toro (Lunch) Chopped fatty tuna served gunkkan wrapped in cucumber topped with negi.    4.50
Chu-Toro (Lunch) Medium fatty tuna.    6.50
O-Toro (Lunch) Premium fatty tuna.    8.00
Aburi Toro (Lunch) Torched fatty tuna.    8.50
Tuna Avocado (Lunch) Tuna topped with avocado and wasabi mayo.    3.50
Hotate (Lunch) Hokkaido scallop.    3.00
Kani (Lunch) Crab.    4.00
O-ebi (Lunch) Tiger prawn.    2.50
Botan Ebi (Lunch) Botan shrimp, head served fried.    4.00
Botan Ebi Mayo (Lunch) Botan shrimp with torched mayo, head served fried.    4.50
Spicy Hotate (Lunch) Two pieces of spicy scallop nigiri topped with avocado and wrapped with seaweed    6.95
Tako (Lunch) Octopus    3.00
Tamago (Lunch) Sweet egg omlet.    2.50
Tobiko (Lunch) Flying fish roe.    2.50
Ikura (Lunch) Salmon roe.    3.50
Anago Shio (Lunch) Sea eel and salt.    4.00
Anago Tare (Lunch) Sea eel and sauce.    4.00
Unagi (Lunch) Freshwater ell.    4.00
Unagi Sansho (Lunch) Freshwater eel with mountain pepper.    4.50
Smoked Duck (Lunch) Cherrywood smoked    4.00
Mongo Ika (Lunch) Giant squid.    2.50
Spicy Tako (Lunch) Two pieces of spicy octopus nigiri wrapped with seaweed    6.95

Lunch Maki

Madai Ceviche (Lunch) Avocado and cucumber topped with Japanese sea brea, ceviche sauce, cilantro and togarashi.    12.50
Rainbow Spicy Walnut Tuna (Lunch) Spicy tuna with walnuts and rosemary topped with assorted seafood.    12.50
Dragon Maki (Lunch) Shrimp tempura and tamago topped with slices of unagi and avocado.    12.50
Salmon Skin Maki (Lunch) Smoked salmon skin toasted, kaiware, cucumber yamagobo.    6.50
Alaskan Maki (Lunch) King salmon and avocado.    6.50
Philadelphia Maki (Lunch) Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber.    6.50
Cream Sake Maki (Lunch) King salmon and cream cheese.    6.50
Firecracker Maki (Lunch) tuna spiced with chives and ra-yu, jalapeno, and tempura crunch.    6.50
Spicy Tuna Maki (Lunch) Tuna and chives.    6.50
Hawaiian Maki (Lunch) Tuna and avocado.    6.50
Negi Toro Maki (Lunch) Fatty tuna and scallions.    8.50
Negi Hama Maki (Lunch) Yellowtail and scallions.    6.50
Rainbow Maki (Lunch) Our California maki topped with assorted seafood.    10.50
Spider Maki (Lunch) Soft shell crab tempura, cucumber, avocado, scallion, ohba, spicy mayo drizzled with eel mayo.    10.50
Scorpion Maki (Lunch) Fried calamari, kaiware, cucumber, roe, and chili sauce.    9.50
Spicy Tempura Ebi Maki (Lunch) Shrimp tempura and green onion.    7.50
California Maki (Lunch) Crab, avocado, and cucumber.    7.50
Futo Maki (Lunch) Shrimp, eel, tamago, spinach, roe, kampyo, and shiitake.    10.50
Garden Maki (Lunch) Carrots, asparagus, shiitake, and spinach.    6.50
Tropical Maki (Lunch) Mango and avocado.    6.50
Tempura Shiitake Maki (Lunch) Shiitake tempura.    6.50
Unagi Cucumber Maki (Lunch) Freshwater eel and cucumber.    8.50
Unagi Sushi Tempura Maki (Lunch) Tempura sushi with freshwater eel, tamago, yamagobo, and spinach.    8.50
Tempura Satsumaimo Maki (Lunch) Sweet Potato tempura.    6.50

Lunch Noodle Entrees

Tanuki Udon (Lunch) Udon noodles served with shitake mushroom, green onion, mitsuba, kamaboko, inari age, and tempura crunch.    9.50
Organic Vegetarian Cha Soba (Lunch) Organic cha soba noodles with mixed vegetables with a konbu broth.    9.50
Nabeyaki Udon (Lunch) Japanese style beef strips and egg udon noodles with a side of shrimp and vegetable tempura.    10.50

Sides

Extra Ginger      0.50
Extra Wasabi      0.50
Low Sodium Soy Sauce      0.50
Fresh Wasabi      2.00
Eel Sauce      1.00
Oshinko Pickled radish.    3.50
Ponzu Sauce      1.00
Quail Egg      1.00
White Rice      2.00
Sushi Rice      2.50
Mashed Japanese Sweet Potato      3.50
Spicy Mayo      1.00
Chili Sauce      1.00
Wasabi Mayo      1.00
Teriyaki Sauce      1.00
Shrimp Tempura One piece.    2.50
Ceviche Sauce      1.00

 

Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge
358 W Ontario St
At N Orleans St
(312) 335-9888
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