Makisu

Tackling a new project with buddies from high school can be exciting and fulfilling, at least until Kelly starts totally banging her Anthro professor. For friends teaming up to serve raw bites caught bay side, check out Mikasu.

From a group of Chi-raised friends with robust sushi experience, Mikasu's setting up shop in the former Fuel space, where they've kept the floor-to-ceiling windows and backlit bar shelves while freshening things up with sleek silvery chairs and sage-colored walls, ironically not a decision forced by having too little thyme. Start things off with small plates of grilled lobster in an Asian pear vinaigrette, sea urchin shooters with sake, ponzu, quail egg & Tabasco, and tangerine miso-sauced NY strip spring rolls, which is confusing since the girls at Scores shake it all winter long. Moving onto sushi, specialty maki're the star, with the lineup including the Wicker Park (lobster tempura/avocado/Japanese mint/spicy, topped w/BBQ eel); the soybean-wrapped, pico de gallo-topped yellowtail/ salmon/ tuna Hama-Chitown; and the Mercy -- spicy tuna and jalapeno topped with tempura crunch and "mercy mayo", which is supposedly hotter than Hellman's.

To wash things down they have an 80-strong bottle selection split between sake and wine, which can also lead to exciting and fulfilling times with buddies from high school, but only for one season.