This weekend was amazing in Chicago. It was in the 70’s, with low wind and no clouds! We took advantage of this, especially on Sunday.
Navy Pier was having a cultural event every Sunday, and this Sunday was India. We decided to take a walk there to check it out. The lakefront trail was gorgeous that day! When we got to Navy Pier, we discovered that the event was pretty lackluster, and decided to head back. By the time we got home, we were both burnt, but happily so.
For dinner, we decided to go to an AYCE sushi place nearby. I had heard some pretty negative reviews about the place, but the pictures seemed decent enough, and it was only a ten minute walk so we put on our nicest of matching sweats (we are that couple) and went.
When we got there, there was a board outside that had all their signature rolls, and they looked fun! Unfortunately, they were not available on the AYCE menu. We sat down, and began to order. This place had a limit of 3 rolls and 5 pieces of sushi per person, per order. They had the typical appetizers as well as 3 chef’s specials rolls listed.
For our first round, we ordered a few pieces of sushi, some seaweed salad, cucumber salad and katsu don (bread crumb coated chicken). For rolls, we got the chefs special #3, the ichiban roll (shrimp tempura, apple, unagi sauce, spicy mayo and mango sauce), the rock and roll (octopus, salmon, cream cheese, jalapenos, deep fried), and the futo maki roll (crab, oshinko, shitaki, avocado, tomago and cucumber).
The food was okay. The katsu came with more rice than I thought was necessary, and the sauce did not taste right. The rolls were pretty good, though the fish didn’t seem as fresh as it could have been.
We ordered our second round shortly after. We had an order of tempura (rice flour breaded vegetables and shrimp), as well as the golden nugget (salmon, cream cheese, avocado, cucumer, deep fried), the red dragon (spicy tuna and crunchy inside, tuna, avocoado and spicy mayo), the oshinko (Japanese pickle), tuna avocado and the tekka roll (tuna).
This round was okay as well. I liked the tempura here better than our usual spot, but Mr. Jet just thought it was different. The rolls were pretty good.
We ate this, and wanted to order our third round, but the server came over to tell us the kitchen was closed. It was 9:18 and they closed at 9:30. We thought it was a bit rude that they didn’t warn us that the kitchen was closing for last call orders, but so is life. We paid our bill and left to get bubble teas, as we hadn’t stuffed ourselves silly (what a strange phrase).
Overall, we thought that Volcano was a decent sushi place. The price was the same per person as the one we usually go to in the suburbs ($20), but the quality was lacking. The rolls seemed more “fun” but we think that they just get away with using lower quality fish because everything is fried – and EVERYTHING tastes at least okay fried. The service was very eh.
We went in and decided we should stray away from our usual flavors, and tried new ones. I got the green tea ice cream freeze, and Mr. Jet got blueberry banana with crystal freeze. Both were great! We drank these while watching the last 3 episodes of Ascension (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) and went to bed. It was a great weekend overall, with great weather, and lack luster sushi, but sushi none the less. (: