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One Great Dish: Smoked Sashimi At Juno

By Anthony Todd in Food on Jun 12, 2013 4:00PM

2013_6_12_Juno.jpg There's been plenty of buzz lately about
Juno, a new sushi spot in Lincoln Park. The venture is a project of Chef B.K. Park, formerly of Arami, and restauranteur Jason Chan, formerly of Urban Union, and it officially opened last Friday. We stopped in for a few bites and were totally blown away by this unique dish.

Some dishes effectively advertise themselves, either through their presentation or aroma. How often have you been at a restaurant, seen something go by and flagged down a server? "I have to have that! I don't care what it is!" That's how we felt about Juno's smoked sashimi.

It comes on a circular wooden platter covered in an old-fashioned looking glass dome, which holds in a healthy dose of applewood smoke. When the dome is removed, the smoky scent fills the entire dining room as if someone had just lit a campfire. The smoke lightly infuses the fish, giving it a flavor that is something between genuine smokehouse fare and standard sashimi.

There are several different options, including tuna and salmon, and all cost approximately $10. It's not a cheap dish, given the small portion, but we've never had anything else like it.

Juno is at 2638 N Lincoln Avenue.