Thursday, January 17, 2013

Butterfly Sushi Bar & Thai Cuisine

Location: 1156 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
                 1131 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60607
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A Quick Word:
Whenever my friends and I crave sushi and don't want to drive far, Butterfly Sushi immediately comes to mind.  With three different locations open until 10pm, we always order take out and enjoy sushi at the apartment.  They have an extensive menu of special maki rolls alongside the typical one or two ingredient rolls.  I have also had the opportunity to eat at their restaurant several times.  The staff is incredible... very attentive.  Don't miss out on their thai food as well, their duck and banana curry is their house specialty and very tasty.  The dishes are huge, so sharing is a must.  I frequent the restaurant enough to say consistency is spot on.  And, for that reason, I decided on a 4-mile rating.

What We Ate:

Fire Dragon Maki

Whenever ordering sushi, I always enjoy having one roll that has been tempura battered and deep fried.  It is a great way for people that dislike sushi to start eating it again.  The fire dragon signature maki roll is stuffed with salmon tempura, spicy tuna, cream cheese, avocado, and sweet potato.  The entire roll is tempura battered, fried, and then topped with a spicy honey-mayo, scallions, and golden tobiko.  The roll is served warm and is supposed to be crispy.  Unfortunately, since we ordered take out, the roll was cooked earlier than expected and the batter became soggy.  The filling was very creamy, especially with both cream cheese and avocado, but there was still a pronounced seafood taste from both the salmon and spicy tuna.  The tobiko added a unique crunch-like consistency.  The roll came with wasabi and ginger which wasn't really needed for this roll.

Crunchy Spicy Tuna Maki

My friend chose the crunch spicy tuna maki.  This very reasonably priced roll ($8) was filled with spicy tuna and avocado and topped with mounds of tempura crumbs.  I typically enjoy spicy tuna rolls and at Butterfly, there was actually enough spice that wasabi wasn't needed but still added by us.  The tempura crunch is a nice touch that simply adds a crunchy aspect to the roll.  I did use a little soy sauce and ginger for this roll.

Salmon Skin Maki

The last roll I decided to order was the salmon skin maki.  The name is self-explanatory, but for clarifying, it is filled with salmon skin and cucumber.  The entire roll is drizzled with the unagi sauce and costs $5.  I was surprised with this roll because the salmon skin actually  had some salmon remaining and was crisped up very nice.  Salmon skin tends to be more rich than expected because of its oily nature, but I really suggest trying this roll... definitely a good price for a great roll.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- For late night sushi on a whim, do come try Butterfly.
- They take reservations if you call!

- Don't order the cooked sushi to go.  Unfortunately, they have the order ready probably 5 min or so earlier than they tell you and it sits in its container.  Soggy tempura batter is the result.

How far would I walk for this food?

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