Besides parmesan cheese, if I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would have to be Namasake-don (otherwise known as sashimi salmon rice bowls). I LOVE raw fish.
But sushi-loving in Chicago can get expensive fast so I’m always on the lookout for below-the-radar spots with killer quality maki for a reasonable price.
And thanks to my boo Rachel, I’ve discovered my newest favorite haunt — Rock Wrap and Roll! Located in the heart of Lincoln Park near the DePaul campus, Rock Wrap and Roll is a cozy casual BYOB spot that feels funky and innovative at the same time.
So one frosty afternoon Rachel and I settled into a cozy spot by the window and slurped a few drinks (order their thai iced tea!) while we perused the ENORMOUS double menu of Thai and Sushi offerings. We started out with one of Rock Wrap’s most popular specials, the Wrecking Ball. Crunchy garlic rice balls topped with spicy tuna and special sauces. Crunchy, slightly spicy, and so fun to eat — if they have this on the specials, order it! You won’t regret it!
We also ordered a trio of sashimi composed of tuna, salmon, and whitefish which was beautifully executed (the salmon melts in your mouth!). Next we warmed up with a steaming bowl of miso as we waited for our EPIC entrées to arrive…
And wow were they ever epic!Rock Wrap is known for their beautiful sushi displays and I’m happy to say the colorful sauce designs were just as stunning as we’d hoped.
On the left is Rock’s Mexican maki of shrimp tempura, cilantro, jalapeño, avocado, mayo, and masago. Fresh, spicy, and warm for a chilly day! And on the right is Rock’s legendary Virgin Bride maki of spicy tuna with green onion and tempura crumb topped with superwhite tuna, mayo, and wasabi tobiko. Our final roll was this deliciously fresh Strawberry maki.
Unagi, fresh salmon, avocado, cucumber, and chili sauce topped with spicy tuna, strawberries, and unagi sauce. Sweet, spicy, savory… and so different from many of the other rolls I’ve tried here in Chicago.
And it naturally came with yet another stunning display of sushi sauce art — how stunning is this colorful pattern?
But we didn’t dare forget to order at least one dish from the Rock’s thai menu as well — this is their zingy Pad See Eiew. Beef and chicken stir-fried with wide rice noodles, broccoli, egg, and a sweet balsamic soy sauce? Yes, please!
Rock Wrap and Roll is one of those hidden gems that promises incredible care and attention to detail in each of their dishes. Their surprisingly sushi combinations, beautiful displays, and ENORMOUS menu make this a must-visit the next time you’re looking for serious #sushiporn in Lincoln Park!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.