Now that my absolute favorite is permanently closed, this appears to be the only authentic (and not fusion or just sushi) Japanese restaurant in town. It has the feeling of comfort food and comfort-style. The service is slow, since they seem overwhelmed usually. Guests need to have patience. We were the only non-Asians in the whole place for quite awhile and it was packed. Most were Japanese, but I also saw some Koreans and Chinese. They have many of my favorites, so that is nice. Not everything is perfect, but still good generally. It is quite an extensive menu, too. My favorites are the specials, so on this visit to Chicago I went several times to try to have all of the specials. The sake seems somewhat over priced at $16 for a small glass, but at least it doesn't seem old as in some other establishments. The uni ($9 each piece) this visit was some of the best I ever had. In fact all of the sushi I had was good. The beef tataki could be a whole meal itself. It's hard to go try other places, when I know how satisfying this one is.